Enthusiasm abounds on first day of school in Joplin

Joplin High Principal Steve Gilbreth makes an announcement on the first day of class Thursday at Joplin High School. "My goals for this year are to establish the kind of culture where people want to come every single day with a smile on their face and to make a difference in kids' lives, both academically and socially," he said. "It's like 'Field of Dreams' — if you can design the kind of place people want to come to, only good things will result."GLOBE | ROGER NOMER