Tonawanda News — Students in the North Tonawanda and City of Tonawanda school districts headed back to class Wednesday, some of them nervous, some of them excited — and many a mix of both.
On Miller Street in North Tonawanda, students William, Quinn and Morgan Manth paused before heading off to Meadow Elementary School. Mom Michelle Manth snapped photographs while dad Marc Manth and little sister Fallon, 3, looked on.
While William, starting the fourth grade, wasn’t very enthused about the day at all, new kindergartner Morgan was excited to meet friends in her class and learn how to count all the way to 100.
Quinn, 6, is starting second grade, made up for her brother’s lack of enthusiasm.
“I’m just excited about everything,” she said.
At Meadow itself, children and parents lined up at the doors waiting for the school day to begin. New kindergartner Hannah Talarico showed off her Barbie backpack and her sparkly purple skirt.
Hannah was excited about making new friends and learning to tie her shoes, she said. This, while her mother, Amber Talarico, said she was “just trying to hold it together.”
Older students congregated at another entrance, including Brianna Durfey, 9, who was starting fourth grade and looking forward to joining chorus for the first time.
“They didn’t get much sleep last night,” said mom Jennifer Durfey of Brianna and her sister. “They were up putting out their outfits for this morning. Today’s probably going to be the earliest they wake up for the entire school year, because they were so excited.”
Once the doors opened and the crowd started pouring inside, Meadow Principal Janet Matyevich waited near the bus entrance, greeting students and dealing with the million small issues that crop up during the great return.
“I’m looking forward to an awesome school year,” she said. “We have great families in North Tonawanda. It’s a little different from last year, when we were consolidating three different buildings. It’s been much smoother this year.”