Getting mad in Munchkin Land — don’t mess with the schools

A new school year begins at Homewood-Flossmoor High School with a familiar greeter. Andrew Lindstrom, aka “Mr. Red and White,” stood outside the south building starting at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday to welcome teachers and students to the first day of the fall semester. “Good morning. Welcome!” he said to each group of students walking past. “Are you ready?” Students responded variously with “Yes!” or “Not really” but most of them returned Lindstrom’s smile. “I always get a smile,” he said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s encouraging.It starts their day off right.” He said he has been serving as first-day greeter for a number of years in his custom-made red and white suit. His purpose is to help everyone get the year off to a good start. Below: Students walk along the path past the bio pond on their way between buildings during the first day of school Wednesday.

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