Gov. Tony Evers, along with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, this morning visited Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts to welcome students, educators, and staff back to school.

Along with Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor welcomed students back to school today at Milwaukee Public Schools’ annual welcoming event to kick off the new school year.

“The excitement this time of year is palpable,” Stanford Taylor said in a statement. “We see students, educators, and families all greeting the challenge and great potential of a new year of learning. To every student and educator, this is my challenge — push yourself this year to learn new things, try new activities. Keep on picturing this coming June when we look back and marvel at the new mountains you’ve climbed.”

Stanford Taylor joined Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Keith Posley and other educators, parents, and community leaders to welcome the students back. She told students it’s important to find a place in the community at their schools.

 State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor welcomes students back to school at a Milwaukee Public Schools’ annual welcoming event today.

“School is your route to the future you want,” Stanford Taylor said in a press release. “Whoever you are as a learner and whatever needs you have, know that educators are there in your school to help you meet those needs. Take time to build strong, meaningful connections with educators who help you tap your own potential.”

The vast majority of elementary, middle, and high school students in Wisconsin began school today. During the 2018-19 school year, 858,833 students attended public schools in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin DPI.