School started Monday, Aug. 26, for grades K-8 in Kimball (remaining grades started the next day). At Kimball Elementary School new principal Joel Timmerman (at left) and teachers and staff greeted students as they poured off the buses and into the school building Monday morning. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
It’s a ritual repeated across the country every fall: kids bounding off to their first day of a new school year.
With fresh haircuts and new backpacks, it’s a rite of passage that holds a spectrum of emotion. Parents dropping off a first child for kindergarten is more hesitant and wistful than is the parent delivering her last child of many to start the school year.
Likewise, emotions vary among the students themselves. Many of them seem to explode off the school buses, as if they simply can’t wait another second to get things going. A few look sad or lost, at least until they see the lines of teachers energetically cheering and welcoming them into the building. It’s an amazing transformation, and one I hope lasts all year long.
This scene will be repeated next Tuesday at Eden Valley-Watkins and most other schools in the state. Let’s all wish our students and teachers/staff a happy and safe 2019-2020 school year!