Excitement filled the hallways of schools across the county as classes began Monday morning.
“It’s great to hear noise in the hallways again,” said Susan Brunch, principal at Mount Airy Middle School. The first day of school began Monday both Surry County and Mount Airy.
Brycen Crouse, a fourth-grade student at Franklin Elementary, said a few of his favorite things about the first day of school were “meeting your teachers, seeing your friends again and not having as much homework as the rest of the school year.”
Jodi Southern, principal at Franklin Elementary said, “We are pleased to have students back in school and excited for the school year.”
Kim Morrison, chief academic and innovation officer for Mount Airy City Schools said, “There was an exciting bundle of energy in each of the schools this morning. Seeing students and teachers excited about the school year was wonderful. Our teachers do a great job every day, and I’m happy that a new year of learning has begun.”
Travis Reeves, superintendent for Surry County Schools said, “We had an excellent start to the best year ever.”
Reeves sent an administrator from the central office to each of the 19 schools and said the reports were great from all. “There was a lot of high energy and enthusiasm in schools today.”
Greg Little, superintendent for Mount Airy City schools said, “Even to this day, I have trouble sleeping before the first day of school. It was wonderful to see the excitement on each of our campuses this morning. Our teachers and staff have worked extremely hard to prepare for what will be our best year yet.”
Abigail Robinson, a sixth grader at Mount Airy Middle School, sat beside her best friend Breana Cockerham during lunch, after a summer trip to Colorado, Abigail was excited to be back and spend time with her friend at school.
The central office staff members from the city schools also made rounds to each school — they seemed to be just as excited about the new school year as many of the students.
Carrie Venable, public information officer said, “In addition to the excitement found in our school buildings, Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with pictures of students, teachers, and families celebrating the first day back to school. We have a wonderful community and group of parents that are fully supportive of our schools and we enjoy the online interactions.”
Bryan Taylor, assistant superintendent for Mount Airy City Schools, “I was very pleased with the first day of school. I would like to say thank you to our students, staff, administration, and parents for making the first day a huge success.”
An estimated 1,537,643 students will kick off a new school year this week while students at North Carolina’s nearly 130 year-round schools jumped back into the swing of things earlier this month.This number of students represents an increase of 17,000 from last year and an increase of more than 61,000 from 2008-09. Among these students, an estimated 1.459 million will attend one of North Carolina’s 2,442 traditional public schools while an estimated 78,000 plan to attend one of the 160 charter schools. And so far nearly 20,000 students have enrolled to take at least one online course this fall through the nation’s second largest state-supported virtual school, the North Carolina Virtual Public School, according to www.ncpublicschools.org.
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