FAIRFIELD — One-by-one, the children who attend Solano Christian Academy walked through the front door and down a red carpet complete with track lights and a red velvet rope.
Cameras snapped pictures. Fairfield Mayor Harry Price shook their hands and welcomed them to the first day of school. A photographer took them aside for even more pictures.
There was a sense of deja vu for children such as eighth-grader Morgan Hearn. He’s attended the school since preschool and has been part of the red carpet walk since its inception three years ago.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said. Morgan was more interested in catching up with friends he hadn’t seen over the summer than dealing with paparazzi.
His mother Michelle Hearn loves the idea. “It’s a great way to build up enthusiasm and it’s good for self-confidence,” she said.
First-grader Jayla Brown was a little nervous as mom Frankie Brown and sister Denise Brown, a high school senior, accompanied her down the red carpet and into the church.
“She had the jitters,” Frankie Brown said of her youngest daughter. Jayla attended preschool there but switched to public school for kindergarten. “This is a big event for a little one.”
Once inside the Super Star lounge – also known as the auditorium – refreshments and a bag of school swag were offered to the children. That was followed by Price cutting a ribbon to declare the start of the school year.
The mayor was given a Solano Christian Academy Angel Award for his support of the school’s activities.
The school has about 130 children who attend preschool through eighth grade, said Renee Reed, part of the school’s adminstration team.
Her husband, John Reed, read a book that discussed the celebrity experience on the red carpet and thought it would be a great addition to the first day of school, Renee Reed said.
The school year also began Thursday in the Vacaville School District. Classes begin next Wednesday in the Travis School District. School began Wednesday in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, at Solano Community College and in the River Delta School District in Rio Vista.
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