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Students start kindergarten, parents "boo-hoo"

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Taking your kids to kindergarten for the first time can be sad but also exciting. But they made it a little easier at one school in Valdosta on Friday.

Friday was the first day of many school years to come for students starting kindergarten in the Valdosta City School System.

"We really had a good time it was kind of sad," said Carlos Harris, kindergarten parent, "Now he has to come here and I have to go home by myself now."

Harris got used to the idea of his child Brycen staying at home with him and now his child is starting his very own academic career.

"He was excited because all week and the weekend he said my school, my school, my school, said Harris. "I'm ready to go to my school."

Karen Carson had to get back into the morning routine for her son to start second grade and her daughter Marleigh to start the big first day of kindergarten.

"I had to get her bag packed with all her supplies in it," said Carson. "I told her to get dressed, get up early, and brush your teeth. She's excited."

Harris and Carson attended the second annual Boo-Hoo Breakfast. The breakfast allows parents to meet one another and cope with the exciting but often sad part of their children beginning new chapters in their lives.

Principal Gary Glover says the skills students learn in kindergarten are essential to succeeding in life. He says there's a direct correlation between kindergarten, first grade and high school graduation rates.

At the breakfast Glover talked about the "k-land" curriculum and teachers.

"By mid-year they'll be doing some writers' workshops," said Glover. "Of course, they'll be  identifying letters. We'll be teaching them the calendar."

He is confident the teachers at Sallas Mahone Elementary will have the students ready for first grade by the end of the year.

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