Arkansas Online:

By Brenda Bernet

Another school year means a new class of 5-year-olds awaits Kim Justis, who begins her 22nd year as a kindergarten teacher at Turnbow Elementary School.

The first day of school for students in the Springdale School District is Monday, but teachers are already back to work getting ready.

Justis had lesson plans in her lap as she sat with her Turnbow colleagues at the School District's annual back-to-school meeting in a packed auditorium at Springdale High School on Tuesday. It was the second day of districtwide activities for staff.

"We are just really excited about school starting back," Justis said. "Five-year-olds keep you young. Their excitement is contagious. It's always exciting to have a new year."

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