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Lunch boxes are full and backpacks packed because it’s time for the Verde Valley’s children to head back to school.

After just over two months of freedom, local students return to the classroom for another 10-month stint of learning.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District students head back to school Wednesday, Aug. 10. Sedona Charter School students end their summer a day earlier, returning to the classroom Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The first day of school is an emotional time for a student.

Itty, bitty kindergartners cling to their parents’ hands not quite sure what to expect on their very first day of school.

After the first year, however, elementary school students are often excited to see school friends again and resume busy schedules.

Middle and high school students complain about the expected workload but are excited about school activities and social opportunities.

My most memorable first day of school experience is from first grade.

I took the hall pass to use the bathroom — no more kindergarten group bathroom breaks for me — feeling proud of the freedom I’d earned by simply entering full-day school.

I stood in the bathroom looking in the mirror wearing a stone-washed jean jumper with colorful buttons up the front and a pink T-shirt underneath, and I remember saying to myself, “I am so grown up now.”

When I recall that memory today it makes me miss the excitement I felt the night before every first day of school. I always went to bed early but never could sleep.

Every year I returned the same faces would be there to greet me but it would feel different — different teachers, different classes, different friends.

The first day of school marks an exciting transition in a child or teenager's life, and reminds them and us how quickly time slips away.


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  • Douglas McDaniel

    I remember my first day at school in first grade, as well. The thing I remember was that I was seated next to a girl, perhaps I was even surrounded. This was not the practice at the private kindergarten I attended in Phoenix.<br /><br />I was completely terrified.<br /><br />Not much has changed since then.

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