LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Oldham County Schools welcomed back more than 12,000 students Wednesday morning for the start of a new school year.
Among the 16 schools in the district, students met 95 new teachers and a handful of new principals at South Oldham Middle, Crestwood Elementary and North Oldham High School.
The bell rang first at the elementary schools, at 7:45 a.m., including Kenwood Station where dozens of parents dropped off their kindergartners for the first time.
"It's easier than the first, but I guess harder because it's the last," Jennifer Hutchens said.
Hutchens waited anxiously outside the school hoping to greet her youngest son off the bus.
"Riding the bus is the big social thing to do. He was really excited, so he's riding with his big brother. So, we'll see how they did," Hutchens said.
Hutchens was met with a hug and a smile before she and her two boys walked into school.
"I'm probably going to feel real lonely today," she said.
Perhaps no one was more excited to walk through the school's doors, than fifth grader, Sascha Texas.
"She had major surgery eight weeks ago yesterday and her goal was to walk into her first day of school," Sascha's mom said.
Sascha's teacher met her at the door with a welcome sign and cheers.
"You can do it! I'm so proud of you!"
Tears began to fall the moment Sascha walked into her arms.
"She's a very strong little girl," Matt Bratcher said.
Moments later, the last of the students headed inside ready for their first day of school.