Some Forest Edge Elementary School students arrived for their first day of in-person learning Monday, Sept. 14, at their new building.

Born and raised in Madison, Leslie Bergstrom hasn’t had to travel far to live out her dreams as an educator.

School will be back in session this week, and to help area families in need, the Oregon High School FFA is sponsoring a “Back to School” food drive for the Oregon Area Food Pantry.

Oregon School District staff spent the week before the start of school handing out materials to students at their respective schools. Materials were picked up through a drive-thru system, similar to the other ways the district has provided items for students since COVID-19 started.

In “normal” times, the opening of a spacious, modern elementary school in a fast-growing area of the school district would be the biggest thing to look forward to in the new school year.

Rising out of the beehive of activity in the fast-growing Terravessa development, Forest Edge Elementary School is a beacon of the area’s future, blending natural themes with modern design.