Abigail Powell is now 5-years-old. She's been counting down the days on her calendar. Tomorrow is the big day, one she's looked forward to, for months now. The same could not be said for Marcie Powell.
"I'm not ready for it, but there's nothing I can do about it," she said. "She's ready for it, so that's what makes me feel better about the whole situation." The backpack was packed, the outfit was picked out, and the lunch was set to go all for Abigail's very first, first day of school. And she was ready to score some brownie points. Abigail already knows how to spell her name.
While mom prepared to say, goodbye, Abigail's teacher, Connie Forsyth, was getting prepared to say hello to a roomful of kindergartners.
"This is a big day for me," said Forsyth. "This is a culmination of five years worth of work." Ms. Forsyth is putting the finishing touches on her very first classroom. Monday, is her first, first day teaching at the Early Childhood Center in Lindale.
"I have to remember that they're probably even more nervous than I am," said Forsyth. "I have to be very strong and very loving and make them feel welcome on the first day."
Forsyth's hope--to make sure Abigail Powell and every other new student has the best first day and first year possible.
"We have a very big responsibility," said Powell. "We can mold these kids, and it's very important for me to be a positive influence on them." And being a kindergartner is something little Abigail can't wait to get a start on. She can't wait to learn how to read.
Parents sending little ones off to school to Lindale's Early Childhood Center could get some free help, Monday morning at 8:40 a.m. They said they would be hosting a "Boohoo Yahoo" celebration for parents who shed tears of joy or sadness.
Similar gatherings will be held at Bell Elementary in Tyler at 7:45a.m. and at Owens and Clarkston Elementary at 8:15 a.m.