Dayton, School Officials Welcome Students Back to Class

Updated: 09/02/2014 11:08 AM
Created: 09/02/2014 8:22 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Several back-to-school events will take place Tuesday as the governor and school officials welcome students to class.

As free all-day kindergarten begins in schools throughout the state, Gov. Mark Dayton will welcome young students to Garden City Elementary in Brooklyn Center. Dayton will be joined by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, teachers, parents, and school administrators to celebrate the first day of school.

While at the school, Dayton will talk with school officials about the importance of all-day kindergarten and will welcome kids over the school loudspeaker as classes begin.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will also visit classrooms at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul. He will join Superintendent Valeria Silva in welcoming students back for the new year and handing out school supplies donated by 3M through its “Stuff for Schools” program.

Silva will continue to visit several other schools throughout the week.

The welcoming parties aren’t reserved just for young kids. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will be welcoming college students to campus Tuesday as well.

Kaler and other university leaders will be giving out breakfast bars, coffee, and apples bred by U of M researchers. They will be in front of Coffman Memorial Union from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Kaler will also be available to talk about the upcoming school year, campus changes and light rail safety.

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Photo: KSTP-TV/Chris Knoll

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