Reese Bell uses his fingers
to form rabbit ears on himself and
kindergarten classmate Christian Daniels as they
walk with their teacher, Katie Boesen, to class
on the first day of school at Anna Maria Elementary
SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH It was back to school Monday for students
and their parents at Anna Maria Elementary School, after
a summer break that amounted to little more than two months.
This was the first time for student orientation at the new
campus and parents were directed to drop off students in
the northernmost loop at the front of the building, which
was not available last school year. Buses used the smaller
traffic loop to the south of the parent drop-off loop, and
it appeared there was little confusion.
School counselor Cindi Harrison was at the parent drop-off
to direct students to the auditorium. To avoid confusion
on the first day of school, kids were taken there and put
into class groups before being marched to their classrooms.
As usual, emotions ran high at the kindergarten section
where the children were entering public education for the
first time. Several parents kissed their children at the
auditorium, but others walked with their kids to the classrooms.
In the classroom, there was generally little angst on the
part of the children, but several parents walked away with
tears in their eyes.
Enrollment was up a little, according to school officials.
On Monday morning, they counted 322 students compared to
317 last year. There were enough kindergarten children to
require another classroom this year, which will likely require
the school to add an extra class each year to the grade
level those students move on to all the way to middle school.