Across the road at Blandy Elementary School, Principal Charlene Thorpe lost sleep for the past week due to her anticipation of greeting her 800 new and returning scholars and team of 73 Friday.
“The first day of school has been very smooth. Parents came in and jumped right in with our new scholars. We had a special welcome to our class of 2026, who are our kindergarten scholars,” Thorpe said before introducing herself to new students. “Our parents know we have the best interest of all of our scholars at Blandy Hills Elementary School as we continue student achievement. I told the teachers that the energy they brought here [Friday] morning needs to continue through May. We must have the passion to come in everyday to touch, embrace, educate and nurture our young scholars.”
Blandy Hills kindergarten teacher Cathy Sellers looks forward to “new challenges, new achievements and new growth” this year.
“I’m excited to see light bulbs turn on in these little grains,” she said while students colored the Gingerbread Man. “Students came in with a bundle of energy; it’s been wonderful.”
Georgia College student teacher Lauryn Dennard is proud to be able to give back to the school that once raised her.
“I expected to see some crying, but there was none. I was thrilled to see excited faces,” she said. “I’m glad I get to work with one of the best.”
Lamb encourages parents to get involved with their children at home and at school.
“Parents need to be involved with their children at home now or they can come to school anytime and volunteer. Early bedtime is also critical at home. These children don’t need specific learning toys, workbooks or computers; one of the easiest but most critical areas is language,” Lamb said. “Parents need to have conversations, read to them and have them tell stories so they use expressive language skills.”