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Central Texas schools encourage students, staff to wear maroon on Tuesday in support of Uvalde

Uvalde students are returning to class on Tuesday and local school districts are looking to show their support.

AUSTIN, Texas — School districts in Central Texas are encouraging students to wear maroon on Tuesday to show support for Uvalde.

Several local school districts, including Austin, Hutto, Elgin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Manor and Hays, along with others across the state, are encouraging people to wear maroon in support of students and teachers returning to school. Maroon is Uvalde CISD's school color.

Leander ISD was also one of those districts. Seventh-grade teacher Julie McCracken, a 22-year veteran, was among those wearing maroon.

"We're really behind you guys. If we could package love and send it your way, know we are thinking about you guys, we won't forget you guys, and we are there for you," said McCracken.

Seventh-grade student Penny was also feeling for those in Uvalde and hopes wearing maroon helps that community.

"It's their first day back, and its probably really scary, and so everyone is trying to show support in Texas by wearing those colors," said Penny.

Uvalde students are returning to class on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the first time since the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School where 19 students and two teachers were killed.

The school board delayed the start of the school year to Sept. 6, giving families and the district more time to prepare following the tragedy. 

Students who went to Robb Elementary will not be returning to that building but will be going to different schools in the area. The elementary is set to be demolished.

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