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Things to remember when going back to school

Yesterday was the first day back to school for all area K-12 students, who were hopefully excited to return.

Going back to school means a lot of things to a lot of people.

For some it means a chance to meet back up with friends after a few months of summer.

For others, it is entering a new grade and marking a transition in life.

For teachers and administrators, it is the chance to see a new crop of fresh faced and wide-eyed students.

For those involved in athletics, it symbolizes the start of even more intense training before the first game.

For some parents, it means an end to all-day babysitting and getting the kids ready in the morning.

No matter what the attitude or feeling, the start of school is a stepping stone in life that comes with a great many rewards to earn and obstacles to avoid.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind that everyone needs to remember when it comes to school starting back.

1. Keep an eye out for buses. Whether you are planning on riding a bus, putting a kid on a bus or might encounter a bus while on the road, remember to give them a wide berth until it comes to a complete stop. The cargo these yellow vehicles carry is precious.

2. Have an upbeat attitude. The first day of school can set the mood for the entire year. If you have a great first day, it can lead to a great year.

3. Be patient. This is an important reminder for the adults at the school. Remember that no matter the age, the students are kids that are still learning.

All these reminders are good to keep in mind to have a great school year.