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Parents, teachers and kids attend Open House

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A long-time school tradition wrapped up Monday night in Dougherty County. Kids head back to school this week but many of those students got an early start. The annual Open House gets parents and teachers and students together and helps ease those first day of school jitters.    

It's that time of year again--back to school. Some aren't ready to lift their heads out of the Summer slumber. Others are swinging their legs in anticipation. We paid a visit to Danielle McInvale's class at Lincoln Magnet Elementary School where we met an anxious 6-year-old who's ready for 1st grade and all that it brings. "Learning and playing," said Reagen Bruce.

From that recreational aspect, Reagen and her new classmate Jerrod should get along just fine. We asked 6-year-old Jarred Woods what his favorite subject was in school to which he replied, "playing."

But at Open House, it's more than playtime for parents. "A busy night. Back to back," said parent Patrina Lockette-Smith.

Lockette-Smith has three elementary school children and sees the tremendous value in teachers and students getting an early start to the school year. "Everyone learns at a different rate. Everyone learns with different mechanisms so I think if you understand their personality, then you'll be able to reach them," said Lockette-Smith.

"I call them my children," said Danielle McInvale.

McInvale who's been teaching for 11 years hopes to start bonding with all of her 20-plus new students starting here at Open House but dreads the end of the school year. "It's really hard because you get to know the children and it's like your own children," said McInvale.

She'll have hundreds of days to reach kids like Reagen who I found out does plan to do more than just play. "Numbers, letters, stuff about 1st grade," said Bruce.

So what's her verdict on her new teacher? "She's nice," said Bruce.

Hopefully the school year will be the same.  

Tuesday is a furlough day for Dougherty County teachers. The day was originally set for planning but was scrapped due to budget cuts. School starts bright and early Wednesday morning.

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