photo by Brian Peterson of Star Tribune
The Minneapolis School District, Minnesota’s third-largest, kicked off the school year on a fall-like day Monday, almost two weeks before most other districts in the state.
Across the city, 36,000 students showed up at the front steps of their buildings, met by jovial staff, community members and volunteers ready to launch the year.
At one school, students were greeted at lunch time by a food truck, an alternative arrangement prompted by a couple of factors.
Interim Superintendent Michael Goar made the rounds and said that despite the chilly weather, it was exciting to stand outside various schools and welcome students back.
“We really want to build upon the success of last year,” Goar said.