Following a jam-packed fun summer hiatus, many Mountain Area students returned to school last week. For some, like Oakhurst Elementary School kindergartners Gwyneth White and Tannon Vaughn, the excitement was tangible. Even Tannon’s younger brother Curran couldn’t contain himself, proudly announcing, “I’m a pre-schooler.”
Dads walked along sidewalks holding their child’s hand. Moms bent over to give one last hug before classes began. One mother reassured her young son, “I know you’re really nervous and that’s why mommy is coming with you this time ... to help make your nervousness go away.”
Crossing guard, California Highway Patrol volunteer Franci Pasley, stopped traffic to ensure young pedestrians crossed safely during the increased traffic on School Road, while Brandy Newberry, morning supervisor for valet student drop-off, watched over students dropped off on campus.
Drivers are asked to stay alert in school zones, and while following school buses.