MARYSVILLE — The first day of school can be daunting for anyone but especially for little ones stepping into the classroom for the first time.
Liberty Elementary quelled the nerves implementing all-day kindergarten, where kids got accustomed to the classroom and said their goodbyes to parents as they left them to their teachers on their first day Monday. Seventy-five kindergartners learned the ropes of what is to be expected from them in the classroom throughout the year, including classroom etiquette, following directions and forming a line.
“They got to see their classrooms for the first time last week so that gets the kids and parents used to it,” Principal Gloria Henderson said. She said they were starting off this year with a new routine previous to last year of kids rotating through different classrooms.
“So far it went really well,” she added. “The kids looked like they were ready to go,”
There were parents anxious leaving their kids for the time but not for Christine Latimer, who left 5-year-old Gabriel Marker.
“I’m actually excited because he’s always wanted to come to school,” Latimer said. “He’s been talking about it since he got to school, and he loves learning.”
Laura Miller was familiar with dropping a kid off for the first time but she admitted it’s always still tough as she fought back tears leaving 6-year old Shane Collins. “I thought it would be easy, but it doesn’t get any easier,” she said. “But I know I will be celebrating later when my nerves calm down.”