Students at Bemiss Elementary School greeted by “Victory Tunnel” for first day of school

Students at Bemiss Elementary School greeted by “Victory Tunnel” for first day of school

It was quite the welcome for kids returning to Bemiss Elementary School today.

Teachers, firefighters, police officers and volunteers gathered to form a human tunnel for kids as they walked back to their classrooms for the new school year.

Principal Rachel Sherwood said, “Think about football players. They come through a tunnel for a game. And what’s more important? These kids are launching their education, they are going to read and write and do awesome!”

It’s a special tradition at Longfellow Elementary School, where Sherwood used to work. She’s new to Bemiss this year and couldn’t imagine a first day of school without it.

“Gives me goosebumps every year,” Sherwood said.

For both parents and students, it was quite a surprise and a great kick off for what promises to be a memorable year.

Casey Riendeau was dropping his kids off at school and stuck around to take video and pictures of the tunnel.

“It’s pretty awesome actually. I’ve never seen this before and I’ve been coming here for years!”

“I don’t think there is an adult or kid here who wasn’t fired up for the school year,” exclaimed Principal Sherwood.