Johnston County Public Schools began the 2022-2023 school year by welcoming back tens of thousands of students on Monday, August 29.
The excitement was palpable at all 48 schools as students and their families were greeted with smiles, hugs, and high fives from principals, teachers, and faculty alike.
JCPS 4th grade student, Morgan Brower, had her backpack filled with the essentials including a pencil pouch, a binder, hand sanitizer, and a snack.
Brower’s father, Yusef, said, “I’m excited about them going to school. It’s been a long summer.”
Likewise, it was a long summer for Innovation Academy at South Campus student Ariel Edwards, who is not a fan of summer break. “I’ve been ready to come back since the first day of summer,” she said.
Edwards’ favorite subject is science, and she particularly likes clouds. “It’s the everyday world,” she said. Edwards loves to point out the different types of clouds to her parents any chance she gets.
Her mom, Whitney Gibbs, said, “I look forward to watching Ariel grow and expand her horizons.”
Innovation Academy kicked off the 2022-23 school year with a pep rally. Principal Crystal Gregory said, “We’re so happy to be opening the school year. Our families and our students are excited to be here.”
JCPS parent and teacher Allison Deese was in the carpool line with her son, Hunter, and friend, Olivia Amos. She said, “The teachers and principals are so excited and that makes the kids excited.”
Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy brought his positive energy while he was out and about visiting schools on Monday. “The first day of school is a special time of the year,” he said. “It’s always good to see our students and parents back in the buildings. We’re going to have our best year ever!”