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Baldwin County schools back in session

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Roads in Baldwin County were busier than they’ve been in months Monday morning, August 21, 2017.  That’s because summer vacation is officially over for Baldwin County kids.  School is back in session there.  This year Baldwin County schools have 31,000 students enrolled. 

Alarm clocks went off early and roads were busy with traffic again as thousands of kids made their way back to school.  Rockwell Elementary in Spanish Fort welcomed more than 1,000 students.  Many posed for pictures in front of a big, “First Day of School” sign before heading inside.  Principal Robbie Owen said the first day is always a rewarding feeling.

“You see those smiles.  The people are happy to be at their school so that’s a great feeling after you’ve worked hard all summer to get things ready to go,” Owen explained.

Typical of the first day of school, lots of parents walked with their children to class.  There were plenty of butterflies for both, but most were excited to be there.  There’s been plenty of preparation on their part too.

“Mentally, just getting them geared up to waking up early for a whole another nine months of school and being prepared,” said parent, Elizabeth O’Connor.

“We’ve been looking forward to it.  There’s been a lot of preparing for it, trying to get ready for it and I’m excited for him…happy he’s moving to the next grade,” said parent, Andrew Hoppes.

Within minutes, the halls filled up as kids made their way to class.  Some settled right in, while others needed a little encouragement.  Joey O’Connor and his sister, Annie said they’re ready to see their school friends and make some new ones.

“It’s like we get to see all our friends again and be together with people,” Joey said. 

“Same thing as him,” sister, Annie added.

Of the 31,000 students in Baldwin County public schools, 16,000 ride buses.  School Board officials want to remind folks to be careful in and around school zones.  Always abide by the bus warning lights and when they’re flashing red, both directions of traffic are required to stop.     

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