Students’ and parents’ emotions ran the gamut from bewilderment to bemusement to curiosity to relaxation on Thursday morning at Chloe Clark Elementary School in DuPont on the first day of the 2007-08 school year.
Principal Gary Yoho and school teachers formed a reception line to greet arriving students and parents as they reached the school grounds that morning.
More than 600 students and parents, who lined the room, recording the moment for posterity, took part in the school’s first community time program. Students greeted their new teachers and took part in the early morning start-of-school ritual that included the Pledge of Allegiance and the Explorer Pledge.
In a scene that was duplicated in all of the school’s classrooms that morning, youngsters were introduced to classroom rules before embarking on a tour of the building.
In Ms. Sabado’s kindergarten classroom, as an example, students’ earlier feelings of uncertainty were reassured by the end of the first half-day session; the scene was repeated later that day by the second batch of half-day kindergarten students who came to school after noon.
Although there were tears in the eyes of some parents affected by the trauma of sending their youngsters off on a new adventure, several siblings appeared to be even more impacted at the separation from their older brothers and sisters and sobbed as they bid farewell for a few hours.
Submitted by Nancy Covert