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Tears and Cheers room at Roberts Elementary (source: KCBD) Tears and Cheers room at Roberts Elementary (source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Monday, children across the South Plains are talking about their first day back to school.

The new school year is a fresh start and exciting time for many teachers and students. But for some parents, dropping their kiddos off at school for the first time can be bittersweet.

The first day of school is a memory many people can recall for years to come.

"They have this big bright smile on and their backpacks are brand new, and so everything is new," said Roberts Elementary principal Shirley Hutchins.

From the backpacks filled with school supplies, to the first day of school photo shoots, the students at Roberts Elementary in Lubbock say they're ready and looking forward to this new school year.

"I'm excited to make friends."

"To learn and to get educated."

"I'm excited to have a new teacher"

"To meet my goals"

"Kindergarten"

But for some parents, it's not easy to drop their kids off for their first year at school.

"Because they're with you. I mean you're with them 24/7," kindergarten mother Kyla Hinkle said.

Hinkle dropped off her 5-year-old twins, the last of her children to start school.

"Emotional, yeah very emotional. They were crying when we left but you know they're excited," she said.

Meighn Sanchez is in the same boat.

"It's exciting and it's sad. But we're excited to see him grow and mature more this year," Sanchez said.

That's why Roberts Elementary started a first day of school tradition: the Tears and Cheers room for parents of kindergarteners to have a place to get together on an emotional day.

"I think that's amazing. Because you know as soon as you're walking off you're crying, which you know they handed me Kleenex just as soon as I walked in there. And then the donuts just to help the mom's be reassured too," Hinkle said.

Even though some tears are shed, the parents at Roberts can leave knowing their children will have a successful year.

"We've got some great teachers and so we're just really happy to be here," Sanchez said.

 "It's going to be a great year," Sidalee Demarse Sanchez said.

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