TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - Tift County pre-K, primary schools and elementary schools opened their doors on Monday, but not for classes.
More than 250 4-year-olds will enter pre-K at Tift County Preschool starting Tuesday.
"It's kind of bittersweet. I'm excited for the adventures that will go on this year, but I'm also sad because it is my baby, my last child entering into school," said Jamie Fowler, who is a 5th-grade teacher for Tift County Schools and a parent.
Fowler's already had one son attend Tift County pre-K in Myra Smith's class, but her youngest son, Collin, will start Smith's class on Tuesday.
"My child from last year left with such a great foundation to start kindergarten with," Fowler said.
"We're very excited, this is sort of like our Christmas Eve, it's the night before school starts," said Director of Communications for Tift County Schools Stacey Beckham.
Beckham said Monday's open house makes parents and students feel more comfortable for their first day.
"It can be a very emotional thing. For many of them it's the first time they're taking their kid to a public school," Beckham said.
Fowler said her older son, Hudson, learned a lot in pre-K that will help him excel in kindergarten.
Now Fowler hopes to see her youngest child learn and grow just as much her eldest.
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