Sharon Durham’s kindergarten class at South Columbia Elementary School started Wednesday with first-day excitement and fanfare.
John “J.J.” Parada, 5, was excited about school and especially about riding the school bus for the first time.
“We got to see our Mom and Dad,” J.J. said of waving to his parents as the bus drove away.
Aidon Kallas, 5, wasn’t as excited. He sat in the lap of his mother, Melissa, with his teary eyes buried in her shoulder.
“It’s Mommy’s last of four,” she said. “He said, ‘I just want to stay home.’”