Students arriving in school this week and next are likely to receive a special message from Governor Steve Bullock telling them to "make Montana proud."

Bullock's addressed students via a video that was distributed through social media.

“I encourage you to work hard and stick to it because your commitment today will make a difference throughout the rest of your life,” says Bullock in the video. “Over the years I’ve said thanks to my teachers dozens of times, and you should do the same. They worked hard to push me to reach my potential.”

Bullock also promises to conduct visits to schools and be involved in some school activities throughout the state. Those visits are scheduled to begin in Helena, Great Falls and Fort Peck during the last week of August.

The governor's website has also been outfitted with a toolkit for parents and students to prepare for the new school year.