It might have been just another day for returning students, but for the kindergarten class it was a new experience. To help comfort worried hearts and build brave spirits, teachers like Judy Branson at Oakley Elementary began class by reading a book to students and parents.
Branson read an encouraging tale about a young raccoon and his first day of school. By the end of the story, students were brimming with excitement and not one cried when parents said goodbye.
"I think the kids are doing OK," said Cherilyn Casillas, a parent volunteer.
"I'm just excited to start a new year and get to know the students," said teacher Kylie Mullins."It is kind of crazy getting back to school with the construction but it's exciting to see bright new faces," said teacher Kelly Dennis, referring to the modernization project that took place over summer break.
At Gehringer, the campus was abuzz with first-day jitters. Students made new friends, teachers met new faces and the office staff had its hands full.
"The first day went without a hitch," said Gehringer Principal Janie Buckman. "We had a great day and it went smoothly."