Wheatland Center School teachers go door to door to connect with students before school year starts

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While students’ — and parents’ — thoughts are probably returning to school as the new year approaches next week, some were still likely a bit surprised by visitors to their neighborhoods this week.

Wheatland Center School teachers took to the streets Tuesday to welcome back their students and invite them to the school’s open house. Teachers were transported on a school bus and knocked on doors in the neighborhoods of Wheatland and gave hugs, distributed spirit items and handed out treats. This is the second year of community outreach intended to make students feel at home during what can be an anxiety producing transition for some students.

“After a long summer, including the unprecedented flooding experienced by some of our residents, the teachers wanted to get out in the community and let students know that they are excited for them to come back to school,” said district administrator Marty McGinley.

There were a lot of smiles and surprised faces from students as teachers knocked on doors and walked around the community. Some parents even commented that as summer comes to a close they too are ready for students to go back to school.

“We hit as many homes as we could,” McGinley said. “It was so successful we will be expanding it next year.”

Wheatland will have its open house on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Students will be able to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms. The staff is excited to start the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 5.

Principal Drew Halbesma said, “I am not sure who had more fun, the students or the teachers. It says a lot about our team at Wheatland. When it comes to doing things for kids, there is no better staff in the state.”

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