But even before they walked through the front door they were greeted by school staffers giving out high fives and smiles, some of them also wearing Middletown Middie purple superhero capes as a machine filled the air with soapy bubbles.
It wasn’t only a one-day show though, said school parents, who also expressed appreciation for pre-opening school day “kindergarten camps” so the district’s younger students could spend time in their school buildings before classes began to make them more comfortable with the experience.
Annette Smith, a grandmother of one of the new students, said the festive atmosphere “was a really neat touch.”
“I really like how much they tend to the children,” said Smith.
In different ways it was scene repeated for thousands of other area K-12 students Monday as other districts also officially welcomed students to classes for the new school year including those in Hamilton, Ross and Mason schools.
Today Butler County’s largest school system, the 17,200-student Lakota district, will start its own staggered scheduled opening with students whose last names are in the first half of the alphabet coming to classes. And other local districts will open classes during this week and next.
Across Middletown at Miller Ridge Elementary, parent Angelee Holbrook, had just dropped off her boy at the school and said she appreciated the district’s many activities for students during the summer break.
“I definitely loved all the resources over the summer and we did a lot of (school sponsored) sports and he was very happy about that,” said Holbrook.
Elizabeth Beadle, spokeswoman for Middletown Schools, said the first, full day for all students went smoothly and each school’s festive approach was designed to “show the joy in education.”
“So we had a lot of our teachers and principals in superhero capes so kids know this is a place to learn but it’s also a place to have fun.”