Back to School: Destin students begin class amidst rainstorm (PHOTOS)

SAVANNAH VASQUEZ 654-8464 | @destinlogsav

The first day of classes for Okaloosa County Schools started Monday, and for Destin it started with a bang as thunder, lightening and a Florida downpour greeted the new Destin Elementary School students.

Teachers walked the halls decked out in slickers and rain boots and Principal Al Gardner stood at the car lane with an umbrella to help students stay dry as they rushed into the school. Okaloosa County Sheriff School Resource Officer Sonya Shepard was also on-hand to help students over the large pond-like puddles and to escort them to their classrooms.

“I’ve been here more than 10 years and I’ve never seen it rain like this on the first day of school,” said Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Kerry Jurgens .

Another teacher jokingly asked, “What happened to the Destin bubble?” referring to the phenomena of rainstorms often skipping over Destin on the way to the Gulf.

In the kindergarten rooms, the scene was busy as parents hugged their first-time students and gave encouragement before leaving them in the care of their new teachers. A few children, and even parents shed some tears, but overall the students seemed excited and happy to begin their first day of elementary school.

Welcome back to school Destin Dolphins!

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