Okaloosa County students also headed back to class today. For some, it was their first day of school ever.
There were the normal first-day jitters Monday at Destin Elementary School, where parents, staff, and students greeted the new year with enthusiasm.
Hands were held tight as hundreds of parents walked their child to their new their new teacher.
Parent Lindsay Fullerton took all of her children to Destin Elementary School Monday morning.
The family saw off the youngest for his first day of Kindergarten.
"He's the baby, but we're excited and he has a wonderful kindergarten teacher. We've had generations going to Destin elementary here," Lindsay Fullerton.
"It has been extremely exciting, just the smiles. It's what we work for all summer long," said Destin Elementary Principal Marti Gardner.
Garnder says parent involvement is what makes Destin Elementary more than a school, and more like a community.
"It's everything. It's the faculty- the outstanding dedicating, dynamic teachers. It's the school itself. It's the pride that the community has, that our teachers have. It's just a great place to be," said Gardner.
Besides long-time families, there are also a significant number of new families that moved into the area this summer, pushing Destin Elementary to a record high enrollment of 890 students.
The school's PTO is hosting a parent coffee with the principal Friday morning at 8:30.