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A Special School Preview For Kindergarteners

Kindergarten students across the district had a taste of the school year on Friday, August, 22, when they experienced riding on a school bus for the first time in their public school careers.

At Hawley Elementary School, students were greeted by their teachers, parent volunteers, and Principal Christopher Moretti. The children visited their classrooms, where they could color and make themselves familiar with the spaces. 

As the first school bus opened its doors at Sandy Hook School at Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, Secretary Joanne Didonato greeted them with a smile and a “Good morning.”

Ms Didonato quickly showed students how to walk on the correct side of the sidewalk leading up to the school before students were lined up and led to their classrooms for tours and an orientation.

Parent volunteers, school staff, and Sandy Hook School Assistant Principals Brian Kirmil and Tim Napolitano helped the students to find their classrooms.

All-Star Transportation’s Manager Alan Colangelo said everything went smoothly for the kindergarten bus runs at all four elementary schools. Parents who rode the buses reported that everything went well, Mr Colangelo said.

Photo: Nancy Crevier

Kindergarten teachers Annie Fries, kneeling, Donna Albano, right, Deborah Pond, at the bus door, and new Hawley School Principal Chris Moretti, greet kindergartners as they disembark Bus 40, Friday morning, August 22.

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