Opening day of school only first step in journey

Even though the calendar still said “July,” back-to-school supplies were stacked high in nearly every store, and parents were seeking the best buys on crayons, markers and tissues. Whether we are ready or not, the beginning of another school year is upon us.

With the start of a new school year comes a great deal of anticipation for a lot of kids. What will my room be like? Will my teacher be nice? Will my best friend be in my class? Parents try to keep their kids calm and upbeat, but reality is even parents can sometimes feel a bit of anxiety as that first day approaches.

For over three decades I watched kids file into my room on that first day of school with a variety of expressions on their faces. Some would dart to the desk with their name printed on a colorful name tag. They’d squeal with joy when their best friend also entered Room 24.

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