Edison Elementary School had its first day Wednesday morning with several fun activities. Principal Davy Hermes said his school strives on having fun for the first week.
“For our first couple days we always want to get to know the kids and have fun so they can get excited and fully enjoy coming back to school,” he said.
Children walking through the halls were high-fiving the principal and sporting their brand-new book bags.
At South Central Elementary School, students were excited to see their friends and to get back to enjoying recess. Second-grader Corbin Keysor was happy about how his first day went.
“I enjoyed my first day; it was great. My favorite part was gym and recess or maybe everything,” he said.
Another second-grader at South Central, Emmy Mcgahhey, talked about the games she played in class for the first day.
“We played a game called Wander Wander where we answered questions and we wander around the classroom finding a partner to ask the questions about their summer and about school,” she said.
Norwalk teachers started school today, but Wednesday they said they were “very excited” about getting to meet their new students.
Rosalie Smith, a preschool teacher at Maplehurst Elementary, is looking forward to working with children and the parents this year.
“It’s always great to meet new kids,” she said.
Many of the teachers spend an average of three to four weeks preparing their classroom for the first day of school, buying goods out of their own pockets.
“A lot of the decorations from my classroom are from years before or from garage sales around the area,” said Lindsay Pigman, a fourth-grade teacher at League Elementary.
Even though they are spending their own money to support they classrooms, several teachers said it’s “worth it.”
“Getting ready for the school year is pretty exciting. It’s sometimes exhausting, but it’s really worth it,” said Amanda Steinwart, a kindergarten teacher at Maplehurst.