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A big welcome

Business and community leaders gathered to greet ELC middle schoolers on the first day

August 26, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Hats, signs, noisemakers, and the Estherville Lincoln Central High School band greeted the district's middle school students on the first day of school.

Local leaders from government, business, and community organizations, along with some school faculty and staff and Midget Max lined up outside the middle school building to greet students with high-5s, handshakes, hoorays and hugs. Some students embraced the connection while others sprinted past the outstretched hands into the building.

The ELC high school marching band played pep band music to add to the festive atmosphere.

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Here are some fun facts about school our newsroom found:

A full two-thirds, or 67 percent of kids say they like school.

The oldest public school in the U.S. was founded in 1635, and five of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence graduated from this school (Boston Latin): Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Paine, Samuel Adams, and William Hopper.

Attending high school was not really common until the 1930s. Before that, most Americans completed only eight years of school. The change happened because the Great Depression offered few jobs to young people, and they felt keeping teenagers in the classroom would keep them out of the workforce, thus reducing the competition between them and adults, who required higher pay than a teenager would.

Each year over 78.8 million kids, teens and adults enroll in school.



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