First day of school | The Cleburne News – Alabama News

First day of school | The Cleburne News – Alabama News

Mary Luna was not ready for the first day of school Wednesday morning at Pleasant Grove Elementary in Hollis but her daughter, Kaitlin Luna, was. Mary walked to the back of Amanda Holmes kindergarten classroom to say her goodbyes and share a heartfelt hug. When it was time for her to leave she could not hold back the tears.

“It’s my baby, this is big girls’ school, she is ready but mommas are not,” Luna said as she reluctantly left the classroom.

Magan Hightower was one of the first parents in line standing outside the locked doors — with other parents and kids amidst a growing mountain of backpacks, paper plates, plastic bags and other supplies. Hightower was bringing her two daughters, one in kindergarten and one in the first grade.

“I’m excited, it’s kind of bittersweet though, I’m going to miss them during the day but it’s good for them to go, I’m excited to see them grow,” Hightower said.  One of Hightower’s daughters, first grader Karlie Winslet, was enthusiastic for the first day.

“It’s going to be really fun,” Winslet said.

Pleasant Grove Elementary school is one of five schools in the state chosen as a pilot school for a program called Alabama Pre-K Through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning. This is a more hands-on teaching approach that emphasizes a more interactive and one-on-one approach to teaching.

Holmes was enthusiastic to be included in the pilot program.

“I’m excited, a little nervous, but excited. I think it’s going to be very beneficial to the children and I’m…

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