CHAMBERSBURG (Aug. 22, 2019) — Local schools and students celebrated the first day of the 2019-20 school year in a very special way Thursday.
Administrators joined students on school buses, welcoming both new and returning students and greeting parents seeing their children off at bus stops.
Chambersburg Area School District Superintendent Dr. Dion Betts rode bus 416 to Guilford Elementary School, visited with students then went to the Brussels Cafe downtown to meet parents.
He said he learned a lot from the experience.
“We are celebrating our students today, but parents are doing the same thing,” he said. “I saw lots of parents at bus stops, and they were all taking pictures of their kids.”
That, he said, is wonderful. They, too, are celebrating their children and participating in making memories with their children.
“They are celebrating their children,”” he said. “That’s a good thing.”
Betts said the school district is doing the same thing, while working to improve the school experience and insure success of each student.
Parents meet, have coffee, get acquainted
At Brussels Cafe in downtown Chambersburg, parents with children entering district schools for the first time sipped coffee and talked about their first-day experiences.
CASD Foundation and Foundation Executive Director Angela Lynch hosted the event.
Minouche Mauricette came over to meet other parents soon after getting her kindergartener Wesley Pierre off to school.
Wisley had a good start this, she said.
“He was really happy this morning,” she said. “He was excited about going to school.”
The family moved to Franklin County from Florida recently and live in the Hamilton Heights area. Mauricette is excited about living here, and wants to stay until Wisley is grown.
She expects him to thrive at Hamilton Heights Elementary School.
“I feel so good because he’s happy here,” she said.
Tanya Lucia is another newcomer to the community. Her daughter is a sophomore at CASHS and her son starts college tomorrow.
She said everyone was anxious about the first day of school this morning, but “events like this make it easier.”
CASHS is bigger than her daughter’s prior school, but Lucia hopes that will mean her daughter will make more friends.
Dr. Betts appearance at the event impressed both parents, who felt it showed his interest in their children.
“It’s the first time we have done something like this,” Lynch said. “It’s a good relationship building event.”