Hartford welcomes students back to school

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the first day of school in Hartford, and community leaders, school board members and elected officials are kicking off the school year with a bus tour visiting a variety of schools K through 12.

Hartford Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez tells News 8 this yearly tour is very important. “To see our great kids and to show that they are investing in the future of the city, the state and our country,” she said. “It is so great to be able to spend time with kids and teachers and our great leaders in the school system to see the good work up close and personally.”

Officials got a first hand look at the state of the art equipment at The Pathways Academy of Technology and Design. It was the magnet high school in 2014.

“We have some great partners in government and the philanthropic community who contribute to the success of the schools and we want to show them where the money goes and the progress we are making with their help,” said Richard Wareing, chairman of the Hartford Board of Education said.

Students at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design on the first day of school, Aug. 26, 2014.
Students at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design on the first day of school, Aug. 26, 2014.

“Our kids have to have that kind of knowledge so that they can go out and get a job because in the private sector they are already updated on to the new computer systems,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.”Technology is different, engineering is different, so we have to get our kids ready to walk into there.”

Community leaders toured classrooms and interacted with students, teachers and principals.

“We are showcasing what students and teachers do best, you know; how they come together and learn, how we meet kids where they are and just take them to their potential,” says Schiavino-Narvaez.

School officials say they want to make sure students have the tools they need to succeed.

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