KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- A big day in Knox Co. as kids said goodbye to summer vacation and hello to a new school year on Monday. And, for students at two schools, the first day was extra special. Northshore and Carter Elementary Schools welcomed their first classes ever.
After their first day, students and parents can head over to the Knoxville Expo Center for Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett's second annual "Back to School Bash." The event, which runs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.is a chance for families to get free school supplies and enjoy family-friendly entertainment.
Last year, 4,000 people attended the event, but this year, the mayor hopes it's even bigger. There will be more space and vendors offering school supplies.
Carter is the first new school in the district in nearly a half-century. The community had been pushing for a new school for a while. The $14 million school is fully paid off; the bulk of it funded by selling more than $11 million in county lands. The 90,000 square foot building has room for up to 850 students, but only 500 will attend this year.
The Carter Elementary building is a replacement for the one built in the 1920s. Inside the older building, students learned in classrooms with peeling paint and cracked floors.
For some it was the same building where their parents, even their grandparents, went to elementary school. On Monday, they walked through the doors and into a fresh and technologically advanced building.