It’s back-to-school time

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - BY GARY SHAW

It seems as though that it was such a short time ago that the chil­dren had com­pleted another school year.

With a whole sum­mer to look for­ward to it seemed we had plenty of time on our hands to en­gage in all kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The best way to get a sense of the sum­mer that was, and what it means for young­sters, is through their eyes.

Re­cently I spoke with 10-year-old Julie Tulk and her 7-year-old brother, Ryan, the chil­dren of Conrad and Jill Tulk of Labrador City.

They smiled as they de­scribed their sum­mer. They Julie and Ryan Tulk

had time at the cabin, one stretch for a full week with Mom and Dad, where they played out­doors, swam in the lake, and helped with ren­o­va­tions, learn­ing from Mom and Dad some im­por­tant life skills.

They made a trip to Hal­i­fax, a va­ca­tion in a dif­fer­ent place do­ing dif­fer­ent things. They wore them­selves out on the tram­po­line, at the Clay Café, the Har­bour Hop­per, the wa­ter slide and the pool.

They are now both ea­ger to get back to school.

Ryan is ex­cited to see his friends and is fired up be­cause when you hit grade 3, you get your very own locker.

Julie, head­ing into grade 5, is also look­ing for­ward to see­ing her friends back at school and en­gag­ing in the many im­por­tant school and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that go with be­ing in grade 5.

It’s time to get back in class and these two kids are both ea­ger.

If we get the op­por­tu­nity to check back with these two stu­dents on the back end of this school year, I’m will­ing to bet that it will be a great suc­cess story; they are both great kids be­ing raised by great par­ents.

All the young­sters head­ing back to school are a re­spon­si­bil­ity that fall into the hands of the en­tire Labrador West com­mu­nity.

School traf­fic means kids on the side of the street, snow fly­ing, school buses to watch out for, and young­ster just be­ing young­sters on the snow banks, caus­ing us to be ex­tra vig­i­lant as driv­ers.

All our chil­dren are be­ing taught the many lessons of play­ing by the rules and be­ing al­ways watch­ful ev­ery day. We, as adults, owe them the same.

PHOTO BY GARY SHAW/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

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