First day: Not everyone dreads end of summer

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will pack up their school supplies, don new clothes and head off to the first day of classes this morning.

But while the first day of school usually means a sleepless night and the lament of the end of summer, back to school jitters were nowhere to be found at Sears Elementary School on Tuesday, where students came in a day early to meet their teachers and check out the new features at the school.

"I'm excited," said Ruthie Hibpshman, 5, who will start kindergarten this week at Sears.

"She's ready to learn," said Charlene Hibpshman, adding, though, that mom's not quite ready to see her baby go off to school.

"But I want her to start learning," she added. "She has the same teacher her brother had, and I'm comfortable in this school. It's very friendly, personable."

Second-grader Zeb Petterson said he's excited about the first day as well -- and is most looking forward to recess with his friends.

"I want winter to come," he said, casting aside any typical sadness over the end of summer. "I miss playing in the snow. I haven't played in snow in forever."

Zeb's mom, Amy, was even more excited about the first day, with all three of her children returning to classes.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge," she said. "All of my kids have tough schedules this year."

Amy's daughter, Jennifer White, who will start sixth grade at Kenai Middle School, agreed.

"I'm excited. I got hard teachers, I got the teachers I wanted," she said. "It's time for school to start."

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