MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Before the bell rings at Heritage Elementary, as with many schools, it's preparation first.
So, school leaders decided to have a 'lock-in.'
"Our teachers have been here all summer and they're here late nights on weekends anyway, so we just decided 'let's throw a party,'" explained principal Georgina Nelson.
"We brought food and we want to make it fun and you can stay as late as you want," said instructional partner Wendy Pharo. "Some people will probably stay all night long.
It's also part social, as teachers catch up with each other and meet new teachers. They also had extra help getting their classrooms ready with the help of friends, family, and a group of volunteers.
"It's an accumulation, some of our youth, some of the parents are here, just a bunch of people from the church that wanted to come and help us out," said Cody Betzhold, youth pastor of the Madison Assembly of God, who brought approximately 25 volunteers.
Many of the teachers are likely to stay until the wee hours of the morning in preparation of the school year, as well as open house Monday evening. Principal Nelson says she hopes it boosts morale and builds upon the family environment at the school.