RACINE — Students and parents crowded the hallways of Racine Unified K-8 schools Thursday to go over schedules, meet teachers and see their new classrooms.

Students at Jerstad-Agerholm K-8 and Gilmore Fine Arts K-8 greeted old friends with hugs and new teachers with handshakes while parents consulted with school officials about schedules and rules.

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The district hosted open houses last week at all of its elementary, middle and K-8 schools to give parents and students a chance to get familiar with their school, meet teachers and learn about programs available at the schools.

Racine Unified students started classes for the 2019-20 school year this morning. Mitchell K-8 students were set to be welcomed back to school today on a red carpet by school officials, police officers, firefighters and elected officials. Students at Jerstad-Agerholm were also set to get the red carpet treatment and Horlick High School planned to generate excitement among freshmen with a mini pep rally.



Caitlin Sievers covers cops, crime and the west-end communities. She's a lover of cats, dance and Harry Potter. Before moving to the Racine area she worked at small papers in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.

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