Grab your backpack, it's back to school for thousands of kids in North Central Wisconsin. "We are starting with picking out books, getting their math set up, seeing how the room functions," said 5th Grade Teacher Kristen Novitch.
So far, so good. "I got to meet really nice new friends, and I have a really great teacher," said Madison Sturm, a 5th grader. "I got the teacher I wanted, and I got to meet new friends," said Abby Bucknell, also a 5th grader.
Even though for many the first day was full of excitement, for others, it was a little nerve racking. "Because new kids and everything," said Josh Otto, a 5th grader. Otto is one of dozens of kids in the Merrill School District who shifted to a new school. A budget deficit forced the district to close Pine River Elementary School, moving students to other schools in the area. "The first question I asked this morning was how many of you had butterflies in your stomach and I would say three quarters including myself raised their hands and I said that's really normal, that's a first day of class thing no matter where you're coming from or where you're starting," said Novitch.
Students who are new to Washington Elementary School say they're excited for the new year. In fact, they've already made some friends. "I think it's kind of like a bump up for middle school so I'm not as nervous then," said Allison Schlegel, a 5th Grader.
Whether or not you're the new kid, for the most part, everyone has those first day jitters behind them. "It's a new chance to start fresh, so far by all accounts, my students are great and I'm really looking forward to being with them," said Novitch.
Pine River Elementary School will be used as an early child center. Maple Grove was also on the chopping block, it's staying open but as a charter school.
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