Left: Lily Lake Elementary School third-grader Maya Reeves gets a hug from teacher Kathy Clarys Tuesday in the bus line at the school. Independent School District 834 students returned to school and Lily Lake Principal Mark Drommerhausen said students and staff were ready for the new school year. “It was awesome. It was fantastic,” he said about the first day. “The students came ready to learn and we had an awesome first day.” Right: Lily Lake teacher Kyle Snyder, left directs traffic outside the school as teacher Joe Flock prepares to show student patrol members how to control traffic to let students safely cross streets.