Local Schools Prepared to Welcome Students Back

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- "The first day of school is always an exciting time," Foundation Christian Academy Principal, Melissa Young, said.

The halls throughout F.C.A. were quiet today, but won't stay that way for long.

"We have new students coming in. We need to make sure we are prepared for them. We want to reach their needs, make sure we have proper curriculum, and that we're just fully equipped," Young said.

In order to do so, school officials say they depend heavily on fundraisers and the support of parents.

"I actually stopped by today just to drop some things off to the teacher, like supplies and stuff for the school year," parent, Jana Lawrence, said.

Lawrence also says it won't be easy having to say goodbye to her son for the day.

"It's always hard when you leave your child somewhere, even in the most trustworthy place. You're always a little apprehensive about going off and most of the time, they don't even look back," Lawrence laughs.

Many F.C.A. teachers say they are prepared to handle first day jitters.

"When they first come in, we'll do a lot of fun activities just to get the kids up. We'll do some marching around and some songs, because usually we have some students who cry on the first day of school. I will try to make them as comfortable as possible," Teacher, Amanda Lohden, said.

But, what about the parents who are dropping their child off for the first time?

"Well, they have a boo-hoo breakfast here, so the parents can go and have breakfast and talk and start meeting some other parents. They will get to know each other and they are usually pretty good about comforting their children and going on down to breakfast and feeling better about things," Lohden said.

Principal Young says she wants her students to get the year started off on the right foot.

"Get to bed early, get a good night's sleep, eat a little bit of breakfast in the morning, and come prepared for the day."

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