EL CENTROÂ – The new school year began Monday for El Centro Elementary students as parents and children gathered backpacks and supplies and headed off for their first day of classes.
On North Eighth Street, a crowd of parents and children rushed to the gates of McKinley Elementary School in apparent eagerness to get to school on time on the first day
For many, the start of schools all around the Valley signal the end of summer as most families readjust to new daily schedules for themselves and their children.
â€œWhen the school year starts, I and my husband have to get our children used to a set schedule again,â€ said Vanessa Martinez, a Lincoln Elementary School parent.
â€œNot only are we getting our children back on a routine, but we are trying to get our children used to coming home and doing homework so they donâ€™t think school is really over when the bell rings at the end of the day,â€ said her husband, Richard Martinez.
Parents were informed that the Monday would be a half-day schedule with children leaving earlier, and parents waited in the multiple car lines around the city to pick up their kids.
The car lines were not the only crowded part of the school, as families with younger children were required to go directly onto campus to retrieve them to avoid any confusion for the students.
As El Centro’s 2017 first day ended, children and parents both looked forward to the adventures they will face throughout the school year together.
â€œLooking forward, I will be making sure my child is given the time he deserves outside of school to practice the material, to keep his progress moving forward,â€ commented McKinley parent Rachel Mendoza.