Throw out your expectations: Not every kid is bummed about school starting in a week-and-a-half.
“I am happy to go back to school because I am a big boy and I will be going to my sister’s school because I will be in Pre-K now,” said three-year-old Isaac Garza.
Some kids are lured in by shiny new school supplies, new clothes and anticipated memories. But when school starts on Aug. 19, not every young person will be so anxious to walk the halls again.
“I’m not excited to go back to school, but I had fun over the summer going swimming and going to the park,” said James Donaho, Jr., 6, who attends school in Centerville. Donaho and his 10-year-old sister Savanna were in Madisonville doing some last-minute school supply shopping froe heading out for groceries.
Savanna erred to the side of optimism for the new school year, herself. “For the new school year, I am looking forward to learning, making new friends, and having fun.” she said.
When many kids think about going back to school, queue the moaning and groaning at the thought of waking up at the crack of dawn on weekdays to jump out of their warm and cozy beds to run and catch the school bus. But when you actually ask how they feel about returning to the halls of academia, you get a diverse array of answers.
The Garza family youngsters, including Isaac, go to Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District schools. And all of the children of the family seem excited to return to the books.
“I am excited and nervous because it is my last year at the Intermediate school,” Giovanny, 10 and headed to sixth grade, said.
Both his younger sisters – Charlie, 7, and Lezlie, 6 – both claim excitement about returning to school. Charlie looks forward to seeing friends, while Lezlie wants to meet her new teacher and find out what field trips are on the calendar for the year.
Ashley Saucedo has mixed feelings. She’ll be a senior at Madisonville High School this year, happy to jump into her favorite school activies like band and tennis, yet somber about the fact it will be her last year at the school.
“I am anticipating high expectations for myself as well as stressful times and fun memories to come out of my senior year,” she said. “Before the start of the school year, however, my family and I usually take trips to the movies over the weekends whenever we can, so that’s also something to look forward to before starting the new year.”
The stereotypical dread that accompanies a new school year has somewhat shifted toward the parents, with multiple school shootings and other incidents in recent years. Many families are taking extra precaution with their children’s safety and are even buying objects such as bullet proof backpacks to protect their children from a potential shooter.
Camilla Castillo, mother of daughters Sophia, 7, and Maria Castillo, 11, expressed her concerns about leaving her daughters in the hands of the school’s protection.
“I am extremely concerned for my kids’ safety, so no I am not ready for them to go back to school,” she said. “With all the school and public shootings happening today, it’s like you are putting yourself in doubt while you ask yourself if they are truly safe when you drop them off.
“Not to mention the bullying that can occur while they are attending class, it just scares me to think that my kids could be in harm’s way.”