GLENDALE -- Students returning for the new school year at Nicolet High School, in Glendale, were greeted like celebrities Tuesday morning.
Administrators, faculty and staff rolled out a red carpet for the students to walk on. While they made the trek down the carpet and into the school hallways, a band serenaded them and school staff enthusiastically cheered them on.
"It's just a festive way to start the school year," said Robert Kobylski, Superintendent of the Nicolet Union High School District.
He said the tradition, which dates back to 2008, is meant to alleviate some of the stress students feel on the first day of a new school year.
Kobylski said the red carpet ritual also has symbolic meaning - showing the school's 1,151 students that the district's employees will all be cheering them on as they further their education.
"We want them to know we're behind them all along the way," Kobylski said.