First Day Back at School, but First Day Ever for Kindergartners - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/18/03

First Day Back at School, but First Day Ever for Kindergartners

Whether you dread it or look forward to it, the first day of school arrived Monday morning like clockwork. More than 27,000 students and over 2,100 teachers reported to school campuses. While the first day of school is nothing new for most kids, it's a different story if your little one is a kindergartner.

School is back in session, but it's not back to school for everyone. Five year-old Nicholas Fuller is going to school for the very first time. Saying goodbye to mom and hello to teachers can be an emotional thing for kindergartners. "We're excited. It's his first day," says his father, David Fuller.

Little Nicholas has been looking forward to this day for 5 long years. "Are you excited? Uh huh!" says Nicholas. And now that moment is here, "There's the bell, now it's time to go!" says Nicholas.

Armed with a backpack and a big smile, Nicholas is on his way to kindergarten. "He's been wearing his backpack since last night," says his mother, Sophia Villalobos.

Past the front doors Nicholas enters a whole new world, of crowded hallways and strange faces. But surprisingly he's adjusting better than mom is. "I want to cry because he's gonna start school you know this is the beginning of all the school stuff forever," says Sophia.

Nicholas finds his classroom and says good bye to his mom without a fuss. "He went to pre-k last year and he was he is very outgoing and enjoys being around other kids," says Sophia.

Now his parents are hoping his first day is the beginning of a long successful learning career. "When he comes home and he's got a few papers he wants to read through and we're gonna do all we can to do all of that with him," says David.

By the way, Nicholas' mom told us he enjoyed his first day and is looking forward to going back tomorrow.

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