(PEMBROKE/STATESBORO) It is back to school time for a half dozen county public school systems in the Coastal Empire. Seniors at Bryan county high school who drive to school enter campus with get a first ever police escort. “They definitely went all out this year, I mean it’s something we never had here and I’m proud to be a part of it.” said Bryan County High School Senior Aaron Pope. His classmate, Shakala Dukes says the first day of a new school year is more than a friendly reminder that mornings start earlier when school is in session. “” I’m ready to get back in my bed….I’m tired. I’m not ready for the first day.” Dukes said.
In Bulloch County, where the some of the class of 2028 are just beginning their education in kindergarten, the principal at Mill Creek Elementary School in Statesboro says it’s important to make the first day of school a positive one. ” We really want to be a welcoming environment. Our parents come in and go down and visit the classroom, you know, kinda send their kids off for that first day and we really want a positive climate.” said Patrick Hill, school principal. He adds that some of the first lessons for the newest students focuses on acclimating kids to the environment. “Our teachers really work with our kids on going through some things with ’em, our procedures, our routines here at school.” Hill said.
As the new year begins, some seniors are already looking forward it’s end. While some have thoughts of homecoming, sports, and prom on their minds, Bryan County high School senior, Breonna Stringer says she’s looking beyond those things and continuing to the next chapter of her life. “Prom is something I’m thinking about, but I’m thinking about graduation even more.” said Stringer.
Bryan and Bulloch counties were not alone in beginning their school years today. They were joined by Screven, Candler, Evans, and Appling counties, all starting their 2015 – 2016 school year today.