UNION COUNTY — August is over and September is now under way and with it the first full month of school for the 2017-18 school year in Union County.
The last half of August saw the school year get under way in stages with Thursday, Aug. 17 being the first day of school for students in the 1st through the 12th grades.
The year had barely gotten under way when students got a three-day weekend when their schools were closed on Monday, Aug. 21 due to the solar eclipse. In making up the calendar for the 2017-18 school year, the Union County Board of School Trustees had decided to have the schools closed that day as a safety precaution as the eclipse was to occur while schools were letting out.
Tuesday saw the school year return to its regular schedule as classes resumed for the 1st through 12th grades.
When those students returned to class, they were not alone, however, as Tuesday, Aug. 22 was the first day of school for 5K students. Nor was that that last first day of school in the district, because it wasn’t until Monday, Aug. 28 that the school year began for 4K students.
August gave way to September and with it arrival there was another three-day weekend for students, this time due to Labor Day. With Labor Day past, however, it will be a while yet before the students get another day off from school, but that’s all right, because school is where they should be this time of year.
They are there learning about the subjects they are taught and their importance; learning the skills of learning and their importance; and in learning those things and their importance, developing a love of learning that will last them a lifetime and continue to enrich their lives. They should learn these things so that when their formal education ends and the years pass by they, like Michelangelo, can say “I am still learning,” and love every minute of their continuing and lifelong education, an education that began in the schools of the Union County School District.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.