"Today is the first day of school. We are very excited, the students are very excited, the teachers are very excited,” Early County Middle School Principal, Donnie Yarbrough said.
Many wonder why Early County schools start on a Friday. The answer? It's helpful for parents.
"We like to start on Friday, because it gives students an opportunity to come to school, find out what it is they'll need in their classes. Then they can take that list back to the parents and actually go and purchase it on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It gives them the opportunity to get ready for that Monday coming back for the whole week," Yarbrough said.
But it's not just the first day of school, it's also the first day students countywide will receive free breakfast and lunch.
The money for these meals comes from federal funding.
"Because of the community and actually the poor economic status here in Early County," Yarbrough said.
Yarbrough says now parents don't have to worry about the financial burden of these meals, filling out lunch forms or their kids getting hungry.
"It gives them the opportunity to be able to buy clothing instead of buying a lunch, or whatever other needs they have within their family," Yarbrough said.
Seventh and eighth grade teacher Marva Smith-Mincy, says it's also an opportunity to help kids learn.
“That gets them motivated, it gets them going. If they're thinking about they're hungry or their stomach is hurting because they didn't get something to eat then they can't concentrate in class,” Smith-Mincy said.
"In order to be able to learn, you need a healthy mind and part of having a healthy mind is having a healthy body,” Yarbrough said.
Early County is one of many districts taking part in the U.S.D.A school breakfast and lunch programs.