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Welcome Back Surprise for Brainerd High Students
Thousands of Hamilton County students packed their book bags, put on their best clothes and took off for their first day of school Thursday morning.
"My responsibilities are to keep the children safe," said Wilma Dunn, the safety patrol officer who got to her post at Brainerd High School just before 5:00am.
Many students at Brainerd High arrive by bus with book bags in hand. Others didn't have their school supplies as organized.
"I missed the bus because I had to go back to get a pencil," said Rykiedra Finley, an incoming freshman, "couldn't go to school without a pencil."
Despite the early set back, Finley is staying positive.
"Oh my gosh I'm scared," said Finley, "I'm so scared, nervous."
Well, she's staying as positive as she can be.
Finley spent most of the summer at sports camps and says she's ready to join the high school teams.
"I play volleyball, softball, track, and basketball."
Other students are focused on making their mark in the classroom.
"I'm hoping to make all good grades," said Ladarean Lane, another incoming freshman.
The familiar sights and sounds transformed into an unexpected welcome back celebration.
"We're excited," said Uras Agee, the Principal at Brainered High, "the facutly and staff are excited and as you can see, we're ready to go, the kids are ready, and we're ready to start school so it's a good positive day for us."
Agee says he sets the tone for the school year, which is why the marching band played while students were welcomed back by the staff.
"Just meet and greet them with a smile and say hey, we're here for you, we care about you, and we love you," said Agee.
Agee says a positive atmosphere will help encourage the students.
"When you start the year, you want a good start. That sets the foundation."
Meanwhile, Finley is just hoping to survive her first day as the little fish, in the big pond.
"I'm just ready for it. Get it over with," said Finley laughing.
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By: Drew Bollea
Welcome Back Surprise for Brainerd High Students
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