SOMERSET, NJ - A familiar bustled settled on Franklin Township this morning.

Kids and parents – some clustered in little groups, others standing alone with headphones in – emerged from their summer burrows to stand on street corners waiting for buses, heads swiveling like meerkats. It could only mean one thing: The first day of school.

The township’s more than 7,000 students kissed their summer goodbye this morning, and in one school, the first thing students heard upon returning was applause.

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Parents, faculty and community members lined the path leading to Franklin High School, creating a makeshift runway for incoming students to pass through in order to get to class.

The environment was reminiscent of a football team emerging from the stadium’s tunnel onto the field.

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The applause, pompoms, a handmade sign and the school mascot giving out pounds to students as they shuffled to the doors only compounded the effect.

Parents and staff shouted, “Go Warriors!” as students poured off buses and headed toward the building. Some looked tired, while others cracked smiles of embarrassment as their parents called their names and tried to grab a commemorative picture.

Administrators organized the event and prompted parents and residents to encourage students on their first day by cheering them on.

The welcome served as an early opportunity for community engagement at the school, one officials hope to continue throughout the year.

If you were there and took pictures, send them to us, to enter to win our back to school photo contest

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