UNION COUNTY — The second first day of the 2014-2015 school year began Wednesday morning with the arrival of kindergarten students at the Union County School District’s five elementary schools.
Monday was the first day of school for students in the first through 12th grades, but the new school year didn’t begin for 5K students until Wednesday and many elementary schools had special events to help get the day off to a good start for both the students and their parents.
At Monarch Elementary School a “Hugs and Kisses Coffee” was held for the parents and grandparents who accompanied their children and grandchildren to school for the first day of 5K classes. Those parents and grandparents got to sit in the school cafeteria with their children and grandchildren and have coffee before taking them to their classes.
Parents and grandparents who accompanied their children and grandchildren to Foster Park Elementary were also able to enjoy coffee in the school cafeteria before escorting the students to class.
Similar events called “5K Sip-N-Sob” were held at Buffalo Elementary and Jonesville Elementary/Middle schools.
While some tears were shed by a few students at some schools as their parents and grandparents said goodbye, most students eagerly plunged into the morning’s activities. In some classes, students were using building blocks, in others they were coloring, while in others the activities were more physical, often set to music. Teachers also instructed the students on how to behave in class.
Tears were also shed by parents according to Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Principal Rene Pryor. Pryor said this happened during the school’s “5K Sip-N-Sob” where parents were able to get coffee after dropping off their children. She said this was especially true for parents who were bringing their children to kindergarten for the first time.
“We had several parents who had children in school for the first time and it was very hard on them to drop off their children,” Pryor said.
Even as their parents were crying at having to leave them, Pryor said the children, far from being upset, were enjoying their first day at school, their enthusiasm helping make it a success.
“The children have done extremely well and are having a good time,” Pryor said. “We’re having an outstanding first day.”
Foster Park Elementary School Principal Barbara Palmer said that the first day of kindergarten at her school “has gone great. The kids seem very happy, very content. It’s just been a great day.”
Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness said the first day of kindergarten at school had also gone great and that the 5K students “have had a full day of learning. They’ve been to all their related arts classes. So we’ve just had a great day of learning.”
Buffalo Elementary School Principal Melissa Inman said that Wednesday “has been a great first day. We had lots of fun; some tears, but not many.”
Lockhart Schools Principal Betsy Trakas said that at her school the students were all smiles as they went to class.
“We had a good day,” Trakas said. “We have a big kindergarten class this year. We had some tears from parents, but all smiles from the children. They were excited to start school.”