PUEBLO, Colo. - Hundreds of smiling faces walked onto the Cedar Ridge Elementary School campus adrenalized for the first day back to school following summer recess.
Pueblo D-70 is just one of seven districts across southern Colorado starting school Monday.
The first day at Cedar Ridge Elementary
"I'm so ready to see my friends," said Tiernan Decker. "And I get to make new friends!"
It's a day full of excitement for many, but can also be nerveracking for students starting fresh at a new school.
"I'm very nervous to start," said Cayden Amalfitano. "But I think I'll do good! I'm ready to do math."
The district reports with recent development in the area, there is a higher demand in classes.
"We've had a lot of new housing, and a lot of people are moving into our area," said Cedar Ridge Principal Ted Shepard.
More people, means a influx of drivers nearby school zones.
"It's just another reminder that we've got to be careful with traffic and watching kids cross the street," said Shepard.
D-70 also reported enrollment is increasing for the entire district.
Updates to school bus routes
District-70 has posted updates to bus routes for certain schools.
Check your route by logging into your transportation e-link profile here.
Plus - check out the link to specific route reminders.
What are students most excited for? This is what they told us.
"Science! Because I love learning about stuff," said Brendan Enea.
"I'm a little bit nervous, but mostly excited to make new friends," said Connor Steves.
"Math, because I want to learn a lot," said Jacob Enea.