The first day of school for the Berkshire Local Schools officially kicked-off on Wednesday, Aug. 21, as students were welcomed back with friendly smiles and high-fives by teachers and staff. During morning arrival at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School, students walking through the main entrance were personally greeted by Principal Michael King and Superintendent John Stoddard, while the song “Eye of the Tiger,” made famous in the Rocky film franchise, played over Bluetooth speakers. At Burton Elementary School, parents walked with their student to the front of the building where they were greeted by teachers and Principal Mandy Randles. Students and teachers at Ledgemont Elementary lined up outside the building to recite the school pride song, before entering with a special “Clap-In” ceremony for each grade level, starting with sixth grade.
Each elementary building hosted a powerful and inspiring flag-raising ceremony. K-12 vocal teacher Lauren Casey performed the Star-Spangled Banner at Burton Elementary School.