First responders, staff greet Wichita students on 1st day

By Annette Lawless
KAKE – August 15, 2018

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Tens of thousands of students across Kansas are heading back to the classroom.

Wednesday is the first day for all students in Wichita Public Schools to head back to class. More than 50,000 students are expected to be a part of Wichita schools this year.

Administrative staff, like U.S.D. 259 Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson, greeted students at Brooks Magnet Middle School, near K-96 and Hillside. The school is Thompson’s alma mater, and says schools have a special place in her heart, especially with her mom being an educator as well.

“It warms my heart. I couldn’t sleep last night,” Thompson said. “I was up all night, just waiting and anticipating the kids to come back. We worked all summer long to prepare right now, this time, for our kids to come back.”

First responders helped cheer on kids to the classroom as well. They formed a long line, handing out high-fives to any person who walked by this morning.

“Well, you know what? These kids, sometimes they need motivation, and some of them don’t,” said firefighter Leo Leongson. “They’re happy to be here. We’re happy to be here, so it’s all good to go.”

The firefighters and police officers were joined by Real Men, Real Heroes; it’s a non-profit that provides mentors to schools across Wichita.


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