As summer vacation comes to an end both parents and their children prepare for a successful and safe school year. Children at the Chevy Chase Community Center enjoy the final days of summer vacation, but 8-year-old Sopia Ohanian says she's ready for school to start.
Public schools in the district welcome students back to class today, and Sophia says her mother is making sure she knows some guidelines to stay safe.
"Our neighborhood is a low crime rate neighborhood but we go over some ground rules saying never get into a strangers car or if you don't know someone don't get near them and if somebody tries to take you into their car you run," she says.
Mom drives her to school, but Sophia hopes soon she can make the trip on her own.
"I'm going to start riding my bike there because I'm a big bike rider," she says, adding that she never forgets a helmet when she rides her bike.
Police want to remind drivers to use extra caution with school back in session.
Natalie Neumann reports...