Students Celebrate New Schools, Locker Chandeliers
The first day back is all about seeing friends and decorating lockers.
For many students heading back to school in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Wednesday, they were excited to see friends, nervous about switching classes in the sixth grade and experiencing the school bus for the first time.
And for others, they were just preparing to decorate their lockers.
Sixth grader Madison Calello, who attends Eisenhower Intermediate School, had an entire basket on the ground while waiting for the bus Wednesday morning—and everything inside, including her very own locker chandelier, will be used to decorate her locker.
"It is to make it fashionable and not boring," she said of the markers and other items she had prepared for decorating it.
Johnny Skunakis, who was preparing to head to Eisenhower for the first time as a fifth grader, said he is excited about all the new experiences coming at the new school—including the lockers.
"I am excited to get lockers for the first time, and decorate inside," he said. "I will put stuff up inside."
But for many of the students, they were excited to see their friends as the day began.
"I will get to see all my friends and make new ones," said 8-year-old Rachel Floden, who will be in third grade at Bradley Gardens Primary School.
And Bradley Gardens second grader Robbin Luo, who spent his summer at the beach and attending Hoop Heaven basketball camp, said he is also "excited about seeing my friends."
First grader Lexus Martorano, who is a student at Bradley Gardens, said she is excited about learning in school, and even about taking the bus.
"I like when the bus is bumpy, and bounces up and down," she said.
Ethan Weinstock, who is in sixth grade at Eisenhower, said it is not just about seeing his current friends.
"I am excited about meeting all my teachers," he said. "And I want to meet the new kids in my class."
But for many of the students, the first day of school is also marking some kind of new experience for them, whether it be going to a new school or the first time taking the bus.
Eisenhower fifth grader Stella Petrov was a walker last year when she attended Bradley Gardens. Now, she is taking the school bus for the first time.
"I am nervous and excited," she said. "It is new to me, and new faces."
Several students are heading to Eisenhower for the first time as fifth graders, and they said they are nervous about the new environment.
"I will see how it is compared to the elementary school," said 10-year-old Ashana Makhija. "It is very different, and I will have to get used to the new school."
And for sixth grader Valerie Barone, she is nervous just about the change from fifth to sixth grade, and everything that comes with that.
"I am nervous for the first day and switching classes," she said, adding that fifth graders don't switch classes. "I hope I get them all right."
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