Monday was a busy morning as parents, students and faculty members made the trek back to school.
Outside Destin Elementary, School Resource Officer Sonya Shepard greeted students with a green Mickey Mouse glove. Even on a muggy, early morning, Shepard was all smiles and joking with some of the students. "It's too early in the school year to be dragging your feet," she told one girl.
Inside, kindergarteners were learning the ropes of school, but not without shedding a few tears. Some parents had to sneak out of classrooms while children were coloring or playing with shapes. In Mrs. Noser's class, twins Ryser and Keaton were a little nervous about being left alone. "They're in good hands," Noser reassured their older sibling, Indigo.
Right as the tardy bell was ringing at the elementary school, things were just starting at Destin Middle School. Sixth graders were crowding the hallway trying to open their lockers. Assistant Principal Jason McClelland — or Mr. Mac as students call him — bent down to help one student learn his combination. Once the lockers are open, the most important task of the day was decorating. From zebra stripes, to pink flowers, to One Direction stickers, girls were styling their lockers until the very last second.