Click here for slideshow---->Parents go to Kindergarten
Allison Reaves teaches Kindergarten at Troutville Elementary School and has for the past six years brought her parents, John “Bop” Shand and Jerri “GiGi” Shand to Kindergarten with her on the first day of school.
“Allison’s the youngest of our four children and well, she is always going to be our baby,” said Bop with a laugh. “Bop” and “Gigi” as the children call them, spend the day helping with shoes, lunch, paper work and just anything that needs to be done in the classroom full of wide eyed new students. During the school year Bop tutors children who need help and if more is needed, Gigi comes along, too.
“They arrive at 7:30 a.m. and remain through dismissal,” said Reaves of her parents after a busy 40 minutes of getting names and bus number tags on a room full of Kindergarteners who look a little bewildered and tired after that first day of real school!
Dr. Tony Brads and school board member Ruth Wallace witnessed the interaction and Brads said this is a great story! So he summoned the Botetourt View.
It was a great first day for the children as they filled back packs and stood in line, touching floor, head and shoulders to calm down at Mrs. Reaves bidding when chaos threatened to enter the classroom.
Right before the ending bell with students aided by the Shands to remain not so wiggly, fifth graders came into clasp hands. They lead the little ones out to the correct school bus– a host of buses sat along the edge of the school parking lot waiting to engulf the students and return them home after the first day of school.
At 2:25 p.m. the buses began to chug homeward or to Daycare out of the parking area as teachers breathed a sigh of relief that all were aboard. Evening ready, the children will tell exciting stories to parents and siblings about Kindergarten where their teacher still brings her parents along for the first day of school!