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For The First Day of School, Some Advice For JCPS Students From Louisvillians

Alix Mattingly

About 101,000 students returned to Jefferson County Public Schools classrooms today for the 2015-16 school year.

The first day of school can be intimidating. Some advice may be in order as students settle into their seats and tear into textbooks.

We spoke with residents into downtown Louisville about what they would tell students on the first day of class.

This is what we heard:

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"Just make sure you get the good grades, study as much as you can, use all the resources that you can and have a good school year." — Caleb Hammon, Trinity High School, Louisville

"Listen, learn, have courage, heart and never give up." — Kevin "KD" Drane, Central High School, Louisville

"Have fun." — Jack Long, Louisville Male High School

"Study hard and keep reading." — Murrell Lagacy, Momence High School, Illinois

"Stay focused, complete all your work on time, get good grades and arrive on time. I just told my son all of this." — Kaya Goolsby, Brunswick High School, Georgia

"Stay in school — education is the key to success." — Cynthia Werts, Central High School, Michigan

"You've got to stay in school. Without an education you won't make it nowhere. Even when it gets hard, it'll get better at the end." — Marcell McCoy, McKenzie High School, Michigan


Jacob Ryan is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative reporting. He's an award-winning investigative reporter who joined LPM in 2014. Email Jacob at jryan@lpm.org.

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