Taylor and Kalyn Hansen seemed ready – if not downright eager – as they arrived at Robinson Elementary today to start the new school year.
Taylor, 5, is a new kindergartener. Her 7-year-old sister is entering second grade.
"They are both happy to be going back to school," their mother Lindy Hansen said.
The scene at Robinson Elementary School played out around Plant City and beyond, with youngsters with new pencils, notebooks and more in hand returning for another year of the three Rs.
Paraprofessional Grace Rosa, teacher Collette Baker, bilingual aide Helga Rojas and other staff members at Robinson helped open car doors for students as they arrived on opening day.
"All in all they all seemed to be excited to be back in school," Baker said.
At Marshall Middle School, students got off the bus under the watchful eye of Assistant Principal Abeba Salter-Woods. She said she was impressed with how prepared the students seemed to be – with all their school supplies in tow.
"This is so wonderful," Salter-Woods said. "The first day back is wonderful."
In all, about 192,000 students returned to school today in Hillsborough County.