Putnam County students and staff started their new school year the morning of Thursday, Aug. 15. Putnam County Elementary School Principal Courtney Balestri waited at the front door of the school as students began arriving, and all were welcomed with a warm and friendly smile. Breakfast was served in the cafeteria before everyone gathered in the gym. Balestri introduced students to their new teachers before leading a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Teachers then guided students to their new classrooms where they got started on another year of learning and growing.