The first day back at school is always an exciting one, but it's especially exciting when the school you're returning to has undergone a major renovation.
Some students in D.C. will get a fresh start in updated classrooms as they kick off their first day of school Monday.
The city has invested $68 million in Bancroft Elementary School in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Northwest Washington.
Classrooms at the school have been given a modern update, smart boards have been installed and other improvements have been made to help enhance "social-emotional learning" at the school.
"Clearly, this is a classroom that if I was a child would be fun to be in," Bancroft Principal Arthur Mola said of the classroom filled with bright green accents.
Interim Chancellor Dr. Amanda Alexander says she hopes parents and students will appreciate the work that was done to improve the school because it will also help improve learning.
"We always had outstanding teachers and administrators, but our facilities didn't always match what we were able to deliver. It's great to be able to have great facilities for our students to learn and thrive in," Alexander said.
More than 40,000 students in D.C. will head back to the District's 115 schools Monday. Thirteen schools were already back in session because of their extended-year programs.