HASTINGS, NE — Excitement levels are high at Hastings elementary schools thanks in part to a visit from college athletes.

Hastings Public Schools started classes on Wednesday. Hastings College student athletes joined in the welcoming festivities at all five elementary schools. At Watson Elementary, football, tennis, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball players greeted students outside and joined some for breakfast.

In addition to interacting with students, the athletes extended a thanks to the teachers and staff.