New Year’s Day is a long time past, but somehow the start of a new school year brings with it the sense of a new beginning. The anticipation of being with friends, the dread of overzealous homework assignments and, by the way, the opportunity to improve knowledge and skills are just a part of the kaleidoscope of experiences that comprise each school year.
Teachers have been back at work in preparation already. Parents and students have worked to get needed school supplies together, get pencils sharpened, and get a few sets of school clothes ready.
Football and volleyball teams, cheerleader squads and band members have already been practicing and rehearsing for the coming sports seasons. A few of our teams are starting the year with new coaches; a couple of bands have new directors.
We salute those involved in education for the lessons they teach and for the experiences they provide that help others learn and grow into young adults who contribute so much to the fabric of our society. And we welcome the sense of a fresh start that the new school year brings to the atmosphere in our communities.
It’s a great time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going, and what we need to do to get there — whether we’ll be sitting in a classroom or not.