MILLEDGEVILLE — Early Learning Center (ELC) pre-k teacher Bunny Simons was thrilled to welcome new students back to school Friday.
“We had a great day. We found out who stole the cookies from the cookie jar,” Simons said Friday afternoon while comforting a homesick student. “I want to thank parents for getting these children ready for their first day of school.”
Fellow ELC teachers Sharon Avery and Wanda Beard were amazed to have their new 3 year-olds follow directions as they now become accustomed to the school setting.
“It’s been a hectic day, but I think it’s going to be a good group of kids this year. This is the first time these students are in school and they did an amazing job,” Avery said while walking students to the lunchroom. “We’re going to learn a lot and have fun while we’re doing it.”
Kicking off the academic year smoothly, ELC Director Blanche Lamb looks forward to the year ahead in hopes for many more similar days.
“I saw more children excited to come to school than upset. It seemed like we had a larger number of parents bringing their children in. Our younger children tend to be a little more weepy, but compared to last year, it’s gone more smoothly,” Lamb said. “The weekend doesn’t really allow the children to get acclimated to school, but by the end of next week, they will be navigating their parents throughout the school. The goal is to make children as independent as possible.”
This year, a team of 60 ELC faculty and staff will work to educate nearly 270 students.
“This particular faculty here is a super faculty. They’re great teachers, but they’re just good people,” Lamb said. “We’re very fortunate to have a family of staff that get along and help each other.”