With her oldest daughter in first grade Michele Sheldon is no stranger to the first day of school and all the prep that comes with it.
Though both her girls had new book bags, shoes and breakfast in their bellies come Wednesday morning this year was harder for the Little Falls mother.
Shes my youngest, Sheldon said of her 4-year-old, Maggie, who started kindergarten at Benton Hall Academy in Little Falls.
I did some crying in the driveway, said the stay-at-home mom whose two children are no longer with her during the day. I have no plans today and that is very weird.
The Little Falls Central School District was one of eight locally that started school Wednesday the majority of area schools start Thursday.
This year the school has more than 95 kindergarteners, said elementary Principal Joe Long. The school had to split the students into five classes rather than four to accommodate them all.
Were packed, Long said.
With about 490 students in the entire school, figuring out who is walking and who is riding, who is absent and who needs lunch, the first day can be pretty hectic.
It looks really busy, but it went smoothly, Long said. We just want to make sure every child has a good first day and wants to come back tomorrow.
Kindergarten Teacher Kristen Ford loves the first day of school.
I couldnt sleep last night, I was too excited, she told her class after welcoming them.
Its my favorite day of the year, especially in kindergarten, Ford said. Its a special time for them. Ever since I was little I used to love the first day of school. Now I get to share it with them.
The Grant-Merritt household was ready for school Tuesday night.
Were prepared, said Joanne Merritt, of Little Falls Wednesday morning.
With six children spanning from kindergarten to fifth grade, they had everyone pick out their outfits ahead of time to alleviate stress in the morning.
These kids are my life, said Theodore Grant. The first time we took them, I cried like a baby.
Their five boys have already experienced the first day, but this year it was their only daughter and youngest child, five-year-old Ruthann Grants turn.
Ruthann was a little nervous, but once she was amongst her classmates she was talking up a storm though she did miss her mom.
I got new shoes, I have to put them in my cubby, she said.
Grant said hes used to sending his children to school. But now my little one is going, Grant said. You feel like time is flying by.
First Days of School
Page 2 of 2 - Wednesday: Hamilton, Herkimer, Little Falls, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs, Webb Union Free, Waterville.
Thursday: Adirondack, Brookfield, Camden, Central Valley, Clinton, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Holland Patent, Madison, Mount Markham, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Rome Catholic, Rome City, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, West Canada Valley, Westmoreland, Whitesboro.
Friday: New Hartford, Notre Dame.