JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - What's been quiet around school campuses the last few months turned into parents waiting bumper-to-bumper in carpool lines Monday morning.
Children across Region 8 went back to school, leaving parents with mixed emotions.
"When I dropped my son off I was like oh my he's going into 9th grade in high school," said Bernice Zavala, a mother of two kids. "I was excited last night, but today, no."
"I'm okay," said Patricia Graham. "My daughter is starting Pre-K today. She's excited, we've talked about it all night. I'm a first grade teacher here also."
From Jonesboro High School to Fox Meadow Elementary, children and teens of all ages shined in their new back-to-school clothing waiting eagerly to meet up with their classmates.
Some of them have big plans to succeed in the classroom, others wish summer break lasted a little longer.
"I just want to be at home and be on my iPad and play," said a second grade student.
"Really what I hope comes of this year is a perfect 4.0 GPA and hopefully start looking at colleges," said Ravin Dowdy, a junior at Jonesboro High School.
Region 8 News wishes all students a safe and memorable school year.