Nicole Cooke | Democrat Genesis Mendez gets some help off the school bus from teacher Madalyn Cramer Monday afternoon for the first day of school at the Pettis County Early Childhood Co-op.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Brendan Youkey, 5, is all smiles as he poses for a photo taken by mom, Christina Youkey, just before entering the Pettis County Early Childhood Co-op Monday afternoon for his first day of school as younger brother Austin looks on. Brendan gave a hug to mom, brother, and grandma Kathy Youkey before heading inside for his second year at the school. “He’s very excited,” Christina said. “He’s ready to go.”
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Emma Moore gives Principal Grace Kendrick a big hug just before the afternoon session begins Monday at the Pettis County Early Childhood Co-op. Moore ran over for a hug as soon as she saw Kendrick walk in the classroom.