On their first day back, Hopewell Junior students were greeted with a fanfare of applause and high fives.
Community members joined some district staff for the early morning celebration that formed a tunnel of local support for incoming seventh- and eighth-graders. The welcoming crew greeted waves of students as they stepped off the bus, offerings words of encouragement and support at the start of a new school year.
“It’s a simple thing, but it sends a strong message,” said Angie Brown, leader of Lakota’s CommUNITY Ambassadors, a group of volunteers that work within our schools to build stronger communities and increase parents’ engagement. “We wanted them to know that there are a lot people out in our community rooting for them this year.”
For much of the crowd, Hopewell was a stop on their way into the office that day. It was a great way to start their morning and show students their support, they said.