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Students should enjoy all good things about school

September 01, 2010 | 08:06 AM
The first week in September is a time some kids wish would never come. But it's one some parents wished for weeks ago.

Labor Day weekend marks the final days of summer break for kids of all ages. No more weekdays at the beach basking in the warm waters of Geneva Lake. No more afternoons at the park on the playground equipment. No more late weeknights hanging out with friends.

For most area kids, the schools were bustling with activity Wednesday, Sept. 1.

In general, most kids enjoy school. They may not admit it, especially to their friends, but for most of them, it isn't that bad.

There are so many good things about school — recess, lunch, friends, sports, music, art and other fun activities. For some, learning and the classroom activities are enjoyable, too.

In this area, we are lucky to have very good schools with wonderful teachers, administrators and support staff. These schools have great facilities and special offerings for the young people of the area to learn and find out where their talents lie.

Schools are where children and teenagers learn social skills and abilities, find their own character traits and develop their personalities. They go to prom, attend football games and Homecoming events, receive honors at awards ceremonies, listen to speakers at assemblies, participate in plays and musicals, perform in and watch musical concerts, and show off their artworks and projects. In turn, they learn about interaction with others and how to treat other people.

Students also learn from their teachers and administrators, who act as important role models to the youth of today. When thinking back to your school days, who do you think of first — a teacher or a fellow student? Memories normally flood to teachers who made an impact, those who guided and motivated us to be better and do better than we thought we ever could.

That is what education is all about. That is what I think about as the school year gets under way. It sure will be nice to walk into the local schools to see children in all corners, learning what they need to know to get ahead in their lives. School is about caring teachers who are helping these kids make the right choices and accomplish good things.

Each school year is special and signifies more kids growing up, moving through the educational process and heading toward adulthood.

That's when we realize the best, easiest and most fun times in our lives were when we attended school.

No car payment, mortgage and credit card bills to pay, no career success to strive for and worry about along with all the other things adults concern all of their waking hours with — the future, family, relationships and just about anything else.

So kids, when you go with your parents to shop for school supplies and new clothes, know it's OK to get eager and excited about the start of the 2010-11 school year. Also, don't forget all those supplies — pens, pencils, notebooks, backpacks, calculators, along with new jeans, sweatshirts and shoes.

The teachers were ready for you, too. Actually, the teachers have been waiting for your arrival. They have been working a part of the summer getting ready for the start of the school year. Some have moved into new rooms, some are freshening up their classrooms. There also are a number of teachers in the area who are brand new to the schools. They will be moving their stuff in and decorating their rooms in their own unique way.

On the first few days of school, there is nothing wrong with walking through the doors with a smile on your face. Be happy and excited about school. Make it a good school year.

You may not think it now, but you will one day look back at your school years and realize they were some of the best times of your lives.

Enjoy it while you can.

Seiser is the editor of the Regional News.

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