Mid-Michigan heads back to school! - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan heads back to school!

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It's a new beginning for students across Mid-Michigan as they start another school year Tuesday. 

>>Bus stop forecast<<

Keep an eye out for students crossing the street as they had back to school. As 55 million children across the country begin the near school year, AAA is issuing a statewide message urging Michigan drivers to slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones. 

The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for children who are walking, AAA said. Over the last decade, nearly one-third of deadly pedestrian crashes involving children occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Some students may use the new crosswalk on Baker Street in Midland. It was recently set up for kids attending the new STEM school at Central Park Elementary. 

>>Slideshow: Back-to-school 2017<<

This could also mean crossing guards in areas you didn't see last school year. 

"Operation Safe Arrival" is in full swing in Grand Blanc. Officers will be in school zones with emergency lights activated to remind drivers that school is back in session and to obey the 25 mph speed limits.

Police already remind drivers to stop for the red flashing lights on school buses.

The Positivity Project also starts district-wide with all students and staff members.

“You can summarize it in three words – other people matter,” said Principal Jeff Neall at West Middle School. 

Neal said the program is divided into 24 character traits - such as love, creativity, leadership and humility.

Students spend time going over each trait so they can learn positive characteristics about themselves and fellow students.

In Bay City, one high school wants to put teens on a stairway to learning. 

Teacher Matt Reid said he saw a photograph on social media this past spring of an elementary school that put their multiplication tables on the stairways of the school. He took that idea and ran with it. 

Now, the stairways at Bay City Central High School will lead students through a refresher course. 

“It’s information from English, science, math and social studies. It’s all, basically, common knowledge that we teach. I hope it will be a review. I hope it will engage students in learning,” Reid said.

For today's Where Moms Meet, we want to know how you will enjoy your child's first day back to school? 

Share your thoughts on the TV5 Facebook page using the hashtag #WhereMomsMeet. 

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