Spirits bright on first day, despite rainy weather
Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of students, teachers and the principal as the 100-year-old Lower Salford Elementary School opened its doors for the first day of the 2012-13 school year Monday.
“It’s my favorite day of the year,” said Principal Donna Huff, who came in with large boxes of doughnut shop coffee for the faculty. “It’s neat to be back.”
The hallway floors shone with a fresh coat of wax ,and bright, welcoming bulletin boards stood ready to greet the students.
Cheryl Chwieroth, the school secretary, said, “It’s rainy outside but it’s sun-shiny here.”
Teachers welcomed students into the school building as they streamed off the school buses, arriving one after another. Other teachers manned the hallways to guide any pupil who was confused about which classroom to enter.
With their backpacks, kids smiled and chatted as they entered the doors into the 355-student school, which bears the nickname of “Kidsville.”
“It’s really fun,” said Aidan Wunderly, 10, a fourth-grader. “I’m ex- cited to meet my classmates.”
“I think it’s really neat,” said Madison Skrat, 8, a third-grader, who said she won’t miss summer. “It’s fine being back. I love school.”
Hayley Mansfield, 8, who is also in third grade, said, “The first day of school is fun because you learn about different things.”
Cathy Griffo was readying her colorful kindergarten classroom to great parents and students who were coming for kindergarten orientation.
“It’s very exciting,” said Griffo.
“It’s always the same, exciting experience to meet the students and see how excited they are.” She has a class of 22 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon.
Kirsten Hamilton brought her son, Cole, 5, to Griffo’s classroom.
“We’re excited,” Hamilton said. “And I’m a little sad that my last baby is going off to school.” “My big kid,” Cole corrected his mom. While a song about the alphabet played, Cole went on a scavenger hunt to explore the room. Cole, who had attended the Wigwam Day Care School, said he believed he’ll have fun in kindergarten.
“I’m looking forward to a whole new group of kids,” said third-grade teacher Kathy Campion. “Every year is different. You never know what you get, what to expect. It’ll be great no matter what.”
Campion said she ikes how the thirdgrade children come into third grade still needing the teacher a lot, then grow into independent students by the end of the year.
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WINNERS ... Members of the Souderton and Telford police department recently congratulated the winners of contests held at the Aug. 21 Community Night Out. Above: Souderton Police Officer David Gale and Sgt. Kurt Scherzberg present a plaque to the winner of the pieeating contest, Jeff Rickert, of the Harleysville Fire Company. Left: Souderton Police Officer David Gale and Sgt. Kurt Scherzberg stand with Amanda Lewis, of Manayunk, who won a BMX bike in the raffle. Pam Chang (not pictured) won a mountain bike in the raffle.
The peach pie is always the highlight — and a quick sellout — at the annual Peaches & Stuff Festival.
Kindergartner Cole Hamilton walks to Lower Salford Elementary School on the first day with his mother, Kirsten.