MILLBURN, NJ - In a gesture of appreciation for the district's teachers and everything they do, members of the Millburn High School student body held a "clap-in" Thursday morning to officially welcome the faculty back to town for the school year.

In a scene reminiscent of pep rallies and sporting contests, each teacher walled through a tunnel of students as pump-up music played. High fives, hugs and handshakes were exchanged as each teacher reconnected with students they had not seen since June.

The gesture was an effort to show the teachers how much they are appreciated by the students in the district. One of the groups that worked to promote the event beforehand was the Millburn High School Parent Teacher Organization (MHS PTO). The group had posted on their facebook page, urging students to join in.

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MHS PTO Co-President Sherry Mahfouz said that for all the people in the district who have benefitted from the work of the teachers, the clap-in was the least they could do to show their gratitude in return.

"I think every teacher gives and sacrifices so much of their time and energy," Mahfouz said. "And we can not say thank you enough to all of them."

"I have two high schoolers and a middle schooler," Mahfouz added. "We've been in the district since pre-school. So just seeing all the sacrifices they made from pre-school on, we can't thank them enough."

School officially starts district-wide on Tuesday, Sept. 3.