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First day of school get thumbs up

JASMIN K. WILLIAMS Special to the AmNews | 9/14/2011, 7:08 p.m.

"I already had science, but this time I have a different teacher. We get to teach her about Nightingale and she gets to teach us about science. Right now we're setting up our notebooks for when we do science."

What's she looking forward to the most? "When I get a cupcake for my birthday. That's my favorite part of Nightingale," the 6-and-a-half-year-old said.

Seven-year-old Sachin Perna attends Success Academy One. He started school on Aug. 22. "The first day of school was about reviewing what you were doing in the middle of first grade. The best part was that all the new people were in the class and there were a lot of people that I knew. My teachers are nice, Ms. Scott and Ms. Palermo. I like that they are really nice and they give you two chances until you get it right.

"There were a lot of kids and five new kids. There's 31 kids. The only bad thing was that we didn't go on the big playground for recess because the fifth and fourth grade were using it.

"The first day we only got one page of homework. Now I'm getting two pages a day and they're giving me all the easy stuff. I have to read chapter books for 30 minutes and non-chapter books for 20 minutes. School is good," Sachin concluded.

These kids give the new school year a big thumbs up. Let's hope the rest of the school year is just as good for our children.