RACINE — Wednesay was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for Meigs County schools, a beginning for kindergartners, the last year for seniors.
There were moments of hesitation on the part of several younger students, but teachers gently escorted them through the hallways and into the proper classrooms.
Southern Local School District faculty and staff began the morning outside, greeting students as they entered the building.
Upper classmen gathered in the gymnasium and were greeted by high school Principal Daniel Otto and music director Chad Dodson, on guitar.
K-3 Principal Tricia McNickle and Superintendent Anthony Deem were waiting at the front entrance for students walking or arriving by car.
All students received a free breakfast. Southern will continue to offer this program each morning.
The morning went smoothly, school officials said, with mostly smiles and an atmosphere of anticipation by students as they settle into the new school year.
The first day for pre-school students is Monday, Aug 29. Head start begins Tuesday, Aug. 30, and then all faculty, staff and students will have a three-day Labor Day weekend, with no school on Sept. 5.
More information about Southern Local School District, including a school calendar, can be found on their website, www.southernlocalmeigs.org.
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551