Excitement was in the air Tuesday morning at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School in Newfoundland with teachers and staff welcoming students back to begin a new school year.
The 2013-2014 school year began that day across the Wallenpapuack Area School District.
Along with administrators and faculty, also greeting the students this year at the various schools were the four newly hired Student Resource Officers. At Newfoundland, Officer Bradley Beach, a retired State Trooper, was on duty and participated in the morning Pledge of Allegiance with the kids in the Cafetorium.
Set with new hair cuts, school cloths and resources, gradually the kids climbed out of the cars and off the busses, marching into the classrooms ready to enjoy all that comes with being an elementary school student.
Opening the car doors for students who were dropped off by parents, Principal Mark Kirsten began the day by giving high-fives and smiles to students, as they filed past into the building.
There were looks of uncertainty and excitement on the faces of the kindergarten students, who were lined up on their busses to be the first off, where they met their first teachers of their academic careers.
Although a dreary day, the staff of Wallenpaupack South Elementary School didn't seem to notice, as many appeared just as excited as the students.
Superintendent Michael Silsby stated on Tuesday that the first day of school was going very well. The new Student Resource Officers will be introduced gradually to all of the students at assemblies through the week. He said that enrollment stood at 3,363 which was 28 below the level last year. The lowest grades were the smallest; Kindergarten has 186 pupils. The Senior Class numbers 329.