SIOUX CITY | She does her homework without being asked, writes stories in her free time and likes going to school.

Bobbi Thompson isn’t a typical fifth grader. That makes her new teacher excited to see the 10-year-old in her classroom.

“It’s refreshing to see kids that want to come to school,” fifth grade teacher Kris Flewelling said.

Flewelling got to know Thompson and her mom, Heather Iddings, Tuesday at Unity Elementary’s back-to-school night.

Sixteen other Sioux City elementary schools also opened their doors to parents and students Tuesday night. During that time, they could drop off school supplies and meet teachers.

Iddings talked to Flewelling about her daughter’s love for school, even if it’s in the summer.

“I tried to keep her home and she’d say, ‘I want to go to school,’” Iddings said.

Thompson took summer courses and that didn’t bother her at all. She loves to learn.

The tenacious 10-year-old explained why she’s ready to start fifth grade Thursday morning, saying, “I learn more (at school) than just staying home.”

Other students didn’t seem to share Thompson’s excitement to start school.

They lined up with their parents in Unity’s cafeteria, waiting to hear who their teacher would be. Some smiled at the announcement. Most showed no emotion.

Liking school is something that runs in the family for Thompson. Her mom said she always liked school, too.

But even girls who love learning got to have some fun.

Thompson said she plans to spend her last day of summer vacation playing with friends.