Today is the day that Milwaukee Public Schools' elementary schools on the traditional calendar return to class.
In my morning travels, I saw kids hugging teachers, smiling for their parents' cameras and bawling as they walked toward the door. So, business as usual on #mpsdayone!
Here are some moments from this morning captured in images and video.
As always, Siefert Elementary students were welcomed by what seems to be nearly everyone in Milwaukee
(PHOTO: Reggie Moore/Facebook)
Superintendent Driver kicked off the year at Walt Whitman with a Bango
(PHOTO: Milwaukee Public Schools)
Signs line entrance of Whitman Elementary for district's opening day Bell Ringing Ceremony. Welcome back students & educators. #MPSproud pic.twitter.com/lTcN5UbUIE — MTEA (@MTEAunion) September 5, 2017
As part of MPS' Year of the Arts, there was a jazz guitarist at Maryland Avenue Montessori
Riley's bilingual Montessori program is officially open
These kids can't wait to get inside Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School
GE Volunteers were on hand at 53rd Street School
#mpsdayone @GEHealthcare employees helped welcome @MilwaukeeMPS 53rd Street students to their first day of school day pic.twitter.com/tcg0D0BxpU — GE Volunteers MKE (@GEVolunteersMKE) September 5, 2017
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.