(Caption: Matt Hoerchler, and his daughter, Avery, who is going into the first grade, try to figure out the agenda for the first day of school celebration Wednesday at West Elementary School in Sycamore.)
Kevie Davey, reading specialist at West Elementary School, said she has been at the school six years and with the district for 11 years. She said it's nice to meet the families and students at the first day event exclusive to the school.
She said this is not at all her first rodeo and she's done the first-day thing before.
"But I still get nervous, and it's overwhelming," Davey said, "but it's exciting."
Board of Education President Jim Tombek and member Steve Nelson also stopped by West Elementary as part of a tour of all Sycamore schools for the first day of school within the district. Superintendent Kathy Countryman said she likes to think the board members make good decisions on behalf of the kids, and it's good for them to see what's going on during the first day.
"To really be on the ground when things kick off is super-important to them," Countryman said.