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08/05/05

Teachers Prepare for First Day of School

Summer vacation is just about over. Some schools are already in session, and others are opening next week. And the teachers are already there. It's the last big weekend before school starts and they are preparing their classrooms, making sure the school year gets off on the right foot.

The desks are empty now at South Effingham County High, but come Monday, they'll be filled with students. And English teacher Marni Kirkland can't wait.

"I'm ready to see the kids," she told us. "That's the fun part is to have the kids in class and work with them."

Kirkland has been preparing for this day for two weeks. She and her colleagues are setting up classrooms, preparing for students to walk in the door bright and early Monday morning.

Something that's not as easy as it seems. "Hours before they walk in, you have to have everything ready," said Kirkland. "Not just generic ready, but ready for each kid's separate needs."

Principal Lang Brannen and his staff have been meeting about the upcoming school year all summer and say they have high expectations. "We're extremely excited because we made AYP--No Child Left Behind Act--and certainly we want to continue that, focus on academics and get kids prepared."

And teachers say they're ready, with an excitement for school that's sure to carry over to students come Monday morning.

"You're excited to get back, because I like the routine," said Kirkland. "But the night before, I'm as nervous as the kids. I won't sleep Sunday night."

Effingham County schools will open their doors on Monday. Chatham County will begin the following Monday, August 15.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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