Back to school in Wheeling Township District 21

 
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Updated 8/22/2018 7:45 PM
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  • Violet Senne and Eden Mathai, both of Arlington Heights, greet one another with a hug Wednesday before beginning their first day of school at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove.

      Violet Senne and Eden Mathai, both of Arlington Heights, greet one another with a hug Wednesday before beginning their first day of school at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kaden Monsen, 9, hugs Sari Baer, 11, as they head off to the fifth grade Wednesday at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove.

      Kaden Monsen, 9, hugs Sari Baer, 11, as they head off to the fifth grade Wednesday at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • It doesn't get any easier to let go for Meg Doucet of Buffalo Grove, whose son, Aidan, gives her a long goodbye Wednesday on his first day at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove.

      It doesn't get any easier to let go for Meg Doucet of Buffalo Grove, whose son, Aidan, gives her a long goodbye Wednesday on his first day at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • It was a tough way to greet the first day of school for Gwenyth Logan, 10, of Buffalo Grove as she has to deal with a stress fracture, but with the help of her dad, George, she makes it to her first day at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove.

      It was a tough way to greet the first day of school for Gwenyth Logan, 10, of Buffalo Grove as she has to deal with a stress fracture, but with the help of her dad, George, she makes it to her first day at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

There were plenty of happy hugs -- and a few sad ones -- on Wednesday when students at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove returned to class from summer break.

The school is one of 13 in Wheeling Township Elementary District 21. Altogether, the district educates about 7,000 students in several communities, including Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights.

It's a big year outside the classroom as well as inside for District 21.

In November, district voters will decide on a proposed $69 million bond issue to fund building improvements such as air conditioning, technology upgrades and tighter security.

The referendum is the district's first since 2003.

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