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Kindergarten Students are off to a Good Start in Westerville

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New kindergarten students in Maria Petrozzi’s classroom at Fouse Elementary School listen intently as instructions are given.

August 20 marked the first day of kindergarten in the Westerville City School District, when more than 900 students began their educational journey at 14 elementary schools. Many were sporting new clothes and big smiles, but an apprehensive tear or two was spotted on a few students – and parents. The kindergartners lined up and marched into their rooms, where book bags were unloaded, revealing an assortment of brand new pencils, crayons, glue sticks, folders and markers. After a gentle explanation of rules and regulations, learning got underway. By the week’s end, both teachers and students had settled into a happy routine. This year’s kindergartners will graduate in 2025.