The 2017-2018 school year is officially underway. As much as we would love to see summer vacations last forever it will never happen. Teachers started a week before the students who started on Monday, Aug. 14, but all are back in the classrooms ready for a new school year.
I always enjoy meeting the new teachers as I go to take pictures and gather a little information to introduce them on the pages of the Town Crier.
Time gone by hits home at the end of each year as I take teacher retirement pictures and realize I was the one who took those introduction pictures 25 or 30 years ago.
I have taken a lot of pictures through the years as I visited the area schools. Digital cameras, cell phones and email make my job much easier today. Some days I do miss my weekly visits to the schools with my 35mm camera and film. Wednesday was my day to start out and visit Manila, BIC and Riverside schools. It would take me all morning to make the rounds.
Back to a new school year. I am sure there were many sad parents as they left their babies for the first day of school. I remember taking our son to school on his first day of kindergarten in 1975. I made it through the morning without crying until I got back to my car. It took me a while to compose myself enough to go on to work. I was working for the Town Crier part-time and Monday was one of my days to work. My son had always been cared for by family members including my mother or my grandmother. Even on the days they could not keep him, his other grandmother would come to our house and take care of him. We both survived the first day of school and life goes on.
Three years later I had to do it all over again when our daughter started to school.
Both children have experienced their own "first day of school" with their children and we have all survived.
It's a real milestone for parents when their children start their first year in school and when they start their last year as a senior.
I was always thankful we were able to return to Manila allowing our children to attend school here. I have said this before but I really think our area schools, Manila, BIC, and Riverside, are good schools with good teachers who give their best and encourage our children to do their best.
I hope everyone had a good start and will have a memorable school year. As I look back, I don't know why we were all so ready to grow up and graduate.