On the first day of school for Sedalia School District 200, kindergartner Kymber Fleming, 5, gives a hug to her step-sister, Lily Anderson, 3, at Parkview Elementary on Thursday. Kymber was with her mother Tiffany Anderson and Lily was with her mother Alisha Anderson and her brother Stephan Anderson, 6, a first grader at Parkview.
Arriving at Parkview Elementary for the first day of school Thursday, Jonathan and Ashley Washington walked to school with their seven children, Arinna, 9, Addison, 7, Isaiah, 10, Aliyah, 6, Julius, 9, and Audrina, 2.
A bright smile from Parkview Bilingual Translator Yelena Valesa greets bus riders at Parkview Elementary on the first day of school. Wylie Hohag, 9, a fourth grader, gives an excited thumbs up. “I’m excited too,” Valesa said of the first day. “It’s been 10 years and I’m still excited.”
With his wait for Bus No. 122 to Skyline Elementary School over, Johnny Brown, 8, a third grader, boards the bus at 24th Street and Ohio Avenue Thursday morning. David Bail tells him goodbye. “He’s got his new sneakers on and he’s all ready to go for the first day,” Bail said. Johnny is the son of Billi Bracken.
A hug by Valesa welcomes Arian Isyko, a fourth grader at Parkview Elementary School, Thursday morning. Isyko brought a potted plant for her teacher. Valesa said the school has 10 new teachers this year.
Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat