Superheroes welcome Moreno Valley students back to school

Edgemont Elementary School students were welcomed by Captain America, Elastigirl and others Wednesday, Aug. 10 — the first day of school for the Moreno Valley Unified School District.

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District Board Member Jesus Holguin, left,...

    Moreno Valley Unified School District Board Member Jesus Holguin, left, and Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora visit a kindergarten class on the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Costumed Moreno Valley Unified School District employees pose for a...

    Costumed Moreno Valley Unified School District employees pose for a photo with students on the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, dressed as...

    Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, dressed as Captain America, high-fives Daliza Blanco, 6, as students arrive for the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Emanuel Garcia, 6, wears a Batman hoodie as parents drop...

    Emanuel Garcia, 6, wears a Batman hoodie as parents drop off children on the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District Board Member Jesus Holguin, left,...

    Moreno Valley Unified School District Board Member Jesus Holguin, left, hands out pencils as students arrive for the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, dressed as...

    Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, dressed as Captain America, visits a kindergarten class on the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, dressed as...

    Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, dressed as Captain America, waves to students as they arrive for the first day of school at Edgemont Elementary School in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, faculty members and volunteers dressed up for the occasion, which played out across the district.

“Students are generally nervous, holding their parents’ hands,” district spokesperson Anahi Velasco said. “But as soon as they see the special guest, they beam with excitement.”

The district’s goal is to have at least one person — a faculty member or a volunteer — dress up for the nearly decade-long tradition at each of its 23 elementary schools.

So, why superheroes?

“Superheroes are meant to inspire students,” Velasco said. “Superheroes provide protection and help students feel more comfortable.”

Other Inland Empire school systems also going back to school this week include the Val Verde, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta Valley unified school districts in Riverside County and, in San Bernardino County, the Etiwanda and Redlands school districts.


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