Walz greets elementary school kids on the first day of classes

In case you haven't heard, the governor is a former teacher

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September 03, 2019 - 10:02 am
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"Hi! My name is Tim!"

That's the greeting heard by many students at Sheridan Hills Elementary School in Richfield on Tuesday, the first day of class.

Those words came from Tim Walz.

As in Gov. Tim Walz, the former high school teacher who took time to greet the kids as they came off school buses and made their way into the school building.

"We're just excited to be here," said Walz, who was accompanied by state Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker. "We're talking about how the classroom smells 'first day,' it's shiny, it's new, and the kids are coming in their best dressed."

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Gov. Walz and education commissiner Ricker welcome school kids on first day of class

This is the first time Walz and Ricker were able to greet school kids on day one following last fall's election.

"It is taking the spirit of the first day of school and tapping into it for an entire school year is one of the best ways to ground yourself as a teacher and a learner," Ricker said.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is also involved on Tuesday, serving lunch to students at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth.

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