Backpacks were on and pencils were sharpened as students were set for the new school year. To help with their preparation the city of Jackson threw the second annual first day celebration. The citywide back to school event kicked off Saturday afternoon at the Jackson Convention Complex.
Cheerleaders pumped up the crowd as parents learned important information about health screenings and after school activities. Free hair cuts were also offered. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson said the event was a way to get kids excited about learning.
"We need to encourage them to come back to school with an attitude that 'I'm going to be successful. I'm going to stay in, do what it takes to get in to that next grade.' This is just a reminder. I'll be going though the school year to all the schools, or as many as I can go to, just reminding them of that. We just need to make sure they understand we care about them because they are our future," said Mayor Johnson.
The event was free to all Jackson Public School students and parents. More than 5,000 people were expected to attend this year.