It’s that time of year again. With new backpacks, new clothes and new shoes, students are heading back to school in Kentucky.
At Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent), Vice-Principal Craig Foley met students in the hallway before a morning convocation.
“Hug me back, Foley!” teased Kiani Tatum, a 10th-grade student, as she ran up and wrapped her arms around him.
Other students took the opportunity to take the now-traditional first day selfie.
Students in Bullitt County got a chance to get their teeth, hearing and vision checked and to meet their new teachers during a kindergarten kickoff. Children also were given an opportunity to get on a school bus for the first time and received gifts from their future teachers.
“It’s great. We got all kinds of supplies and books, very helpful that we got to meet his teacher,” said Shaina Alvey, whose son will be going into kindergarten in Bullitt County this year. “It’s reassuring to know that we met his teacher and it gets them excited about school. As a parent, it makes me feel better about sending him off to school.”
In Webster County, teachers traveled out to the community to meet with students and to give out backpacks and other supplies.
“We’re not just going to know our students’ names,” said Webster County Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough. “We’re going to know who they are as people.”
And so, the school year begins.
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