Men of color greet Boston students returning to school ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Scenes from a sweltering first day of school in the city. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Barbara Donnelly led her kindergarten class in a song at the Lincoln School in Brookline. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Students at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School walked a friendly gauntlet of community men during a "Greet the Children" event on the first day of school, on Tuesday. This was one of three Boston schools where the event was staged, and the first time it was done in Boston. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Preschool student Talia Guity-Douglin, 3, watched her older brother walk the line and she wanted to do the same. She was escorted by former state Representative Carlos Henriquez, a friend of the family and one of the organizers of the event. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang and Mayor Martin Walsh visited the fourth and fifth grade classes at Mattahunt Elementary in Mattapan. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff Third-grader Sophia Hallett (left) and fourth-grader Ava Pilwah stayed hydrated during recess at the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School. The temperature in Boston hit a record high for the day and year. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff In efforts to keep kids cool, a large fan was used in the lunch room at the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Students with name tags on their backs listened to first grade teacher Ms. Johvian Jean at Mattahunt Elementary in Mattapan.