The First Day celebration at ILCS is now in its 6th year, and is an event that not only students but also many community members look forward to. There is even a council that pulls together the events each year.
Our first day celebration is always a lot of fun, we really enjoy the support of the community, and of course weve got the board members. said Superintendent Mark Brand.
Its a great response, said Principal David Snide while grilling some hot dogs and hamburgers for the picnic lunch, Its great for the new kids. It just sets the tone for the whole year, and its wonderful to have it involve the community.
The idea was actually adopted from other schools and continues to spread throughout the area.
The idea came from schools in Vermont, said middle school English teacher Sally Stanton, who helped launch the celebration, We were the first school in the area to start this; now South Glens Falls and other area schools are doing it. I think it makes it a celebration like the first day of school should be. The kids are excited to get back and see their friends; it just makes it really nice.
And excited the students certainly were as they made their way from station to station. Chase Hutchins, a third grader whose favorite subject is science, said that he loves coming to the first day of school.
My favorites are the jumpy house and face painting. he said.
Fifth-grader Alexis Seerys favorite part of the celebration is the announcements that introduce new students.
Im having lots of fun and meeting new people, she said. I also like playing lots of games and having my face painted.
The celebration gets bigger every year, according to guidance counselor and CSC secretary Joanna Pine.
I think that everyone really enjoys it, we try to mix it up every year, she said. Our committee gets larger every year too, so there are always more ideas.
Providing fun for students, staff and community alike, the First Day celebration at Indian Lake Central School has proved the perfect remedy for the back to school blues.