Springhill send-off

Christopher Gooding
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New school year, new experiences

The first day of school as a Primary student was filled with just as many new experiences for Ava Godfrey’s parents Danielle Miller and Chris Godfrey as there were for her.

SPRINGHILL – It was the first day of school and for some parents a whole new beginning for themselves.

As the crossing guards took their posts and school buses began to line up at Junction Road Elementary older students congregated in circles to catch up with each other and talk about their summer. Closer to the school’s main entrance parents also lined up, some sending their child to school for the very first time.

“I was more nervous than her,” Danielle Miller said of her daughter’s first day. “I followed the bus the whole way.”

A bus ride might not seem like a big deal but this was Ava Godfrey’s first bus ride ever, and the first of what will be many new experiences for Miller and her daughter.

“I’ve never been a bus before to go to school,” Miller said.

Not that Ava had to brave the bus ride alone. Along with more seasoned students familiar with the bus routine, Ava’s father used the bus ride as an opportunity to share the experience of the first day of school.

“I think it’s exciting,” Chris Godfrey said. “[But] there was a point things got a little teary on the bus.”

For Ava, she calmly took all of it in, watching how her mother and father were handling the first day of school, the routine of children lining up to enter the school and the promise of an education inside the big building they call a school.

Ava’s going to learn here, and she’s already set her sights on one skill she would like to learn.

“Learn how to draw,” Ava said.

The Chignecto Central Regional School Board’s family of school’s started its new year Thursday, Sept. 5. Due to ongoing renovations at the Springhill High School, cafeteria services are not expected to begin until Monday, Sept. 9.


Email: christopher.gooding@tc.tc

Twitter: ADNchris

Organizations: Chignecto Central Regional School Board, Springhill High School

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