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Saxvik Elementary Gives Students Royal Back-to-School Treatment

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You can feel the excitement in the air today. I got the opportunity to check out one elementary school that rolled out the red carpet for its students...literally.

Saxvik Elementary students got the royal treatment this morning.

"We want to welcome them back, we're just excited for a new year to begin. We want to know that they're, you know, this is their place and we're excited to have them here with us and they're the guests of honor," says Linnett Schmidkunz, Principal.

Students are greeted with excited, happy faces. They get free t-shirts, their pictures taken by hot 97.5, and even have the chance to dance their new kicks up the red carpet.

It's safe to say, these kids feel pretty special.

"It's really fun. It's like you're really nervous the first day but then when you get here it's like, it's so fun and you don't want to leave," says Emily Schmitz, 3rd grader.

"I like school," says Andrew Svihl, Kindergartner.

Josh Kitzman has been teaching 4th grade for six years.

He enjoys this age and is looking forward to another successful year.

"They're just super excited to come in and now, I've got a great group of kids. They're all listening to directions and doing what they're supposed to be doing so I would say it's off to a great start," says Josh Kitzman, 4th Grade Teacher.

Josh says the biggest thing on the first day of school is for everyone in the class to get to know each other.

All of the teachers want to ensure that the students feel at home.

"We want them to feel comfortable and know that this is a great place to learn and that we're glad they're here and just get a really good start to the year," says Schmidkunz.

Although it was an exciting morning. I think there were a couple students who weren't quite ready for the summer to be over. I noticed them catching a few zzz's on the couch before classes began but for the most part, students were bright eyed and excited to start the new school year.

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