Students get off the bus on their first day of school. HEIDI SANDERS, Tukwila Reporter

School’s in session in Tukwila

Nearly 2,900 students in the Tukwila School District headed back to school on Tuesday morning.

Nani Jarjou was excited to meet her teachers and see her friends on her first day of third grade at Thorndyke Elementary. She was looking forward to diving into her favorite subjects: math, reading and writing.

“I think the math is going to be a little harder,” she said.

Back-to-school excitement filled the hallways and buses.

Bus driver Ayanna Brown, who is in her seventh year transporting Tukwila students to and from school, said she always anticipates the first day back.

“I am blown away by the growth spurts,” she said.

Students and parents greeted Brown as she opened the bus doors. Brown said it’s the children who make her job enjoyable.

“Even when something happens and they make me mad at them, I sill love my job,” she said.

She sees her bus route as an opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives.

“Being able to meet these kids and become a part of their life is a chance to possibly say or do something positive,” she said. “Sometimes a bus driver or teacher may be the only positive thing happening with them.”

Students listen to the bus rules before heading to the first day of school at Thorndyke Elementary. HEIDI SANDERS, Tukwila Reporter

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