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Cotton visits county sites
Students at John Redd Smith Elementary School wait for their buses home Monday. (Photo by Melany Stowe)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By MELANY STOWE - Special to the Bulletin
Henry County Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton visited kindergarten students at different schools Monday, the first day of school.
“There is no day more special for students and their parents than the first day of school,” Cotton stated in a news release from the school division. “The first day often sets the tone for the remainder of the school year.”
The school division uses a “staggered start” for all kindergarten classes to help acclimate students to their new schools. One-third of each kindergarten class attends school over the first three days so students receive extra attention as they familiarize themselves with the school building and daily schedule.
To ensure Cotton meets all kindergarten students on their first day of school, he continued visiting each elementary school Tuesday and today, the release stated. As part of his visit, he has taken each student’s photograph. These photographs will be sent to each student’s family.
“Our kindergarten students will be members of the class of 2026,” Cotton said in the release. “This first day isn’t just important for the 2013-2014 school year. This is the first day of their educational careers. I am visiting with each student and sending photographs home to each family as a symbol of our partnership with them for this year and the next 12.”
In addition to visiting all kindergarten classes, Cotton visited every school in Henry County, the release stated.
“(Monday) was the first day of school for over 7,000 students and approximately 1,200 employees,” Cotton stated in the release. “It was important for me to visit each school and let them know I support their efforts and share the many successes experienced on a great first day of school for Henry County Public Schools.”
Melany Stowe, the division’s coordinator for parent and community outreach, stated in an email, “It was a very smooth and exciting first day at all of our schools.”