Preparing for a new school year can be stressful enough for both parents and students. That's why school administrators and teachers at Newburgh Free Academy put together a back to school boot camp for incoming freshman and their parents. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "I'm going into high school and I'm ready to start a new school and new year," said Tyler Reede, a freshman at NFA.
"New school, new friends, new opportunities," said Nicole Nasnov, a freshman at NFA.
Tyler Reede and Nicole Nasnov are just two of the more than 950 students in the freshman class at Newburgh Free Academy taking part in the very first NFA Boot Camp. School Administrators and teachers organized NFA boot camp with one simple goal in mind: To prepare incoming freshman for a new school focused on education, respect and teamwork.
"It was pretty awesome. I learned a lot about respect you have to respect everybody if you want to be respected," said freshman Angeles Sierra.
During boot camp students took part in team building exercises with members of the U.S. Army and learned about school rules, the dress code, study habits and what's expected of them once the school year gets underway.
"One of the things we wanted to do was bring them together to have team building and learn about school life before they even walk in on the first day in September so that they're ready to be a high school student," said Matt Doddo, Newburgh Free Academy Executive Principal.
Parents also met with administrators to go over what was expected of them. While NFA's Boot Camp is only in its first year, the program is already getting rave reviews from some parents.
"I think it's great. I think it's giving the kids to chance to see what high school is all about. Freshmen year is pretty scary and I think it's great they're letting the parents get involved," said Teisha Salinovich.
For now, students say they're looking forward to starting a new chapter at Newburgh Free Academy when they begin classes on September 9th.
"Yes, very excited. Education is part of your future, it has a lot of influence on my future," said Reede.