Monday marked the first day of school for thousands of kids across the region as summer ended and schools opened their doors to kick off the 2014-2015 year.
In Fort Mill, this meant the opening of two brand new elementary schools, Tega Cay Elementary School and Doby’s Bridge Elementary School.
“We’re excited about the new buildings,” said Fort Mill superintendent Chuck Epps, who was at Doby’s Bridge Elementary greeting students as they got off the bus and out of their cars.
He took a picture with two children and said they were the very first dragons he’d seen. Doby’s Bridge’s mascot is the dragon.
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Inside the school, teachers helped students assemble in the gym before leading them to their classrooms. A few kindergarteners (and their parents) shed some tears, but besides that, the day got started without any issues and after a half hour or so of hustle and bustle, the year was underway.
“It’s awesome because it’s a new school,” said fifth grader Briley Williamson as she waited to go to her classroom.
Briley, who had previously been a student at Fort Mill Elementary School, said she had trouble sleeping last night because she was so excited.
“I want to more art and learn more stuff,” she said.
The other three local districts, York, Clover and Rock Hill, will have their first days of school on Wednesday.