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8/25/08

Lubbock Kids Head Back to School

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Monday was the first day of school for kids across the state. It is a day that is exciting and scary all at the same time for many students. NewsChannel 11's Brittany Pieper followed one little girl through her first day of kindergarten.

Monday morning Lindsay Speelhoffer woke up, put on her back to school clothes, ate breakfast and got ready for her first day of kindergarten. "I get to read, and I get to paint and eat lunch at my school and I'm really excited," said Lindsay.

She's excited, but she's also a little nervous. "We've noticed a little anxiety on her part over the last few days," said her mother Shelly Speelhoffer.

When it's time to leave, Lindsay is ready to go. She yells out to her brother Cole telling him to get in the car.  She walks into Honey Elementary School, finds her classroom, and sits down in her spot. It's time for school to start.

"Good morning Honey Bears, and welcome back to school," blares over the loud speaker as the kindergartener sits anxiously looking up at her new teacher. 

After taking lots of pictures, it's time for the parents to leave.  It's hard for many parents to leave their kids at school for the first time, but early childhood specialists say not to linger too long or show your child you are upset; because that can make it harder for the child to adjust to their new surroundings.  The more confident a parent is leaving their child, the more comfortable the child will feel.

Soon the first day of school nerves start to go away and these kids school experience begins. "They seem each year to start out so young, and then by the end of the year we think they've come so far. It's fun to watch that happen," said Kindergarten Assistant, Mary Massingill.

Lubbock Independent School District alone had about 28,000 students starting school Monday.

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