Edgemont Elementary School students were welcomed by Captain America, Elastigirl and others Wednesday, Aug. 10 — the first day of school for the Moreno Valley Unified School District.
Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, faculty members and volunteers dressed up for the occasion, which played out across the district.
“Students are generally nervous, holding their parents’ hands,” district spokesperson Anahi Velasco said. “But as soon as they see the special guest, they beam with excitement.”
The district’s goal is to have at least one person — a faculty member or a volunteer — dress up for the nearly decade-long tradition at each of its 23 elementary schools.
So, why superheroes?
“Superheroes are meant to inspire students,” Velasco said. “Superheroes provide protection and help students feel more comfortable.”
Other Inland Empire school systems also going back to school this week include the Val Verde, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta Valley unified school districts in Riverside County and, in San Bernardino County, the Etiwanda and Redlands school districts.