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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The first day back to school was pretty special Tuesday for students in Milwaukee.

They got to walk the red carpet and were greeted by Governor Scott Walker.

Parents like Andrea Burks enjoyed the star treatment the kids received.

"I think the red carpet idea was great," she said. "I think it makes the kids more comfortable and more excited to be back at school."

While some of the kids were a little nervous about their first day back, most were all smiles, waving and even giving out high fives to teachers.

Andrea says her first grader was looking forward to seeing familiar faces.

"Nickayla loves school, she goes to school every day. She has perfect attendance, I think she's excited. She has her cousins and friends from school last year with her," Burks said.

One eighth grader got a big surprise when Governor Walker picked him up at home and walked with him to school.

"He was nice," Giovanni Berges, a student, said.

State Superintendent Tony Evers had a final word of encouragement to the kids and their parents.

"I encourage the parents to be sure they're actively involved not just at home," Evers said. "They should be involved in the schools too. It's really important to your students' success."

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