Pattie Heatley wishes her grandson Andy Heatley, 7, a happy first day of school after dropping him off at the back entrance to Barlow Park/Journey.
Pattie Heatley wishes her grandson Andy Heatley, 7, a happy first day of school after dropping him off at the back entrance to Barlow Park/Journey.

   The sky was gray and the wind whipped rain into people’s faces, but that didn’t stop many youngsters from returning to school with shining grins on their face.

   Tuesday marked the beginning of the school year for the Ripon Area School District as parents and grandparents dropped their kids off at school and walked them through the inclement weather to the building.

   Some took pictures to commemorate the day; others gave them kisses goodbye and best wishes for a good day of school.

   Once at school, friends said “hello” and ran around playing before the school day officially started.

   See more photos in the Sept. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.