Region 8 kids return to the classroom

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Buses rolled across Region 8 Thursday morning carrying thousands of kids on the first day of school.  This is a day that many students and their parents meet with eager anticipation.

Before the sun was all the way up on Thursday students, teachers, and staff members started to arrive.

"I'm here early so I'm always excited the first day," said Teresa Hogan.

"It's just a new beginning.  It's a fresh start," said University Heights Elementary Principal Catheleen Arnold.

A new year means a lot of different things. 

"Everybody shows up with all their new pencils and papers and notebooks and new clothes and new shoes," said Arnold.

Smiling students arrived in packs, excited to be back together.

"They're just so excited to get back with their school family and we're so excited to have them," said Arnold.

"The kids look forward to seeing their friends.  A lot of them haven't seen each other all summer," said Nettleton Superintendent James Dunivan.

"I just love seeing the kids and their excitement," said Arnold.

A lot of the kids do dread the start of school but for most students, teachers and parents this is a day they look forward to!
"Some of the parents told me it's the most wonderful day of the year, kids are going back to school," said Arnold.

School starts for most Region 8 kids on Thursday.  Dunivan said starting the year on a Thursday and Friday allows everyone to get back in the swing of things.  The short week also allows teachers to figure out what works and what doesn't.

"It's good for them to be able to get used to it and then have the weekend to recuperate and start fresh and new on Monday," said Dunivan.

Along with excitement this day can also be a source of anxiety.

"The students, I think they're a little bit nervous the first day especially the tenth graders but it always goes well," said Hogan.

Every year there are some changes that students learn about the first day.  At Nettleton High School students spent part of the day filling out paperwork and learning about the changes before they dive into the learning.

"It's just the beginning to fall and fair weather and school time it's just football and volleyball," said Dunivan.

For the first week or so, in addition to police officers helping with traffic, folks from the central office will be at different campuses to help out.  There are no changes to the drop off or pick up locations at any of the Nettleton schools this fall.

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