Monday, August 18 marked the first day of kindergarten in 12 Westerville City School District elementary buildings, where 886 children began their educational journey. Many were sporting new clothes and big smiles, but an apprehensive tear or two was spotted on a few children and parents. The kindergartners lined up and marched into their rooms, where book bags were unloaded, revealing an assortment of brand new pencils, crayons, glue sticks, folders and markers. After a gentle explanation of rules and regulations, learning got underway. By the week’s end, both teachers and students had settled into a happy routine. This year’s kindergartners will graduate in 2027.