Encouraging signs and cheers awaited students at Bon Air Elementary School, Pettit Park Elementary School, and Bon Air Middle School as the kindergartners through eighth-graders entered their buildings for the first day of school.

Kokomo Schools officials, several Bon Air alumni, and volunteers from Second Missionary Baptist Church waited outside the three school buildings to welcome students to the 2020-2021 school year. These adults held signs that read “Welcome Back #umatter2me,” “U R Great,” ”Be the Change,” and “Bon Air Rocks.” The volunteers offered encouraging words to the students.

“The first day of school is always special, but it makes an even bigger impact when we have the support of our community," said Pettit Park Principal Dr. Lyndsi Smith.

Photos 4, 5 and 6: Boulevard STEM Elementary School students arrive for the first day of school. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, in-person and virtual classes were in session at Kokomo School Corporation schools. The district’s virtual students are learning alongside in-person students using new, state-of-the-art camera systems that allow virtual students to attend classes, in real time, from home. Boulevard hosts the virtual STEM program for elementary students.