EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Students grabbed their backpacks, loaded onto the bus, and headed back to school in East Peoria Wednesday morning.
Members of the community rallied behind students as they made their way through the halls of Lincoln Elementary to head to their teacher’s classrooms.
For one family who recently moved to the area, it was the perfect way to calm the nerves, and start fresh to kick off a great school year.
“It made her feel more at ease. I noticed when she was walking up the steps and she high-fived me, she had a huge smile on her face and that’s all I wanted,” said Gina Robinson, speaking about her daughter, Bella. “I just know it’s gonna be one of the best years ever and this is the best way of starting it out with something like this. This was totally a shock to my system.”
Community leaders, family members, and staff at Lincoln Elementary say the 100 Caring Adults event is something they hope to continue for years to come.