The hallways at Wheelock Elementary are empty except for the teachers who are preparing for the hundreds of students who will fill them come Monday to begin another school year. While students enjoy the final days of summer vacation, teachers are back at work attending meetings to learn about new policies for the year. Among them, state legislation is requiring all public schools to say both the national and state pledges of allegiance.
"We also learned that we'll have a minute of silence every morning after the pledges and that will allow people to meditate or pray if they choose," says Cheryl Sevigny, a Teacher at Wheelock Elementary.
"House Bill 219 says that we will be displaying our motto, the national motto which is 'In God We Trust'," says Principal of Wheelock, Del Lopez . She says posters will be displayed throughout the school.
Along with learning the new rules, teachers are putting the final touches on their classrooms. Cheryl Sevigny teaches 1st grade at Wheelock Elementary and looks forward to her 24th year of teaching. "There's never a dull moment. It's always fun and exciting," says Cheryl.
On Monday Cheryl's classroom will be filled with 19 first graders and she makes sure each one has what they need to be successful. She even spends money out of her own pocket to buy them school supplies. "I always buy extra glue, extra crayons, extra scissors, pencils so everyone has the things they need," says Cheryl.
And while Cheryl has had several first days of school, she says each year is different and rewarding. "I enjoy working with the kids and their parents. I think it's a wonderful job it gives me a lot of rewards and a lot of joy," says Cheryl.
The Lubbock Independent School District starts the new school year Monday morning. Two hundreds and fifty new teachers will begin their teaching careers with LISD this year.