Kids, parents dial into first day of school at Colton Elementary as another school year commences

By Cindy Fama

By 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 6, the school buses were heading into the Colton Elementary School (CES) parking lot for the first day of school.

Parents were driving up the access road to drop off their children and to take a photo as the kids headed to the covered area in front of the school to meet their teachers and gather into their classes before they entered the school to start the new school year.

The students were excited to see their friends. Ronald Hordichok said school was fun on his first day as a fifth-grader in Miss Parker's class and he met new students who he now calls his friends.

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Colton Elementary School students head to class for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

"It is awesome that we now have PE (physical education) every day," he said.

District Superintendent Dave Kline said it was so nice to see all the smiling faces and that the students were very well-behaved, polite, enthusiastic and really happy to be back at school.

Eleora Hanson started first grade in Mrs. Browning's class and after school said her first day in class was good, but there were some things that differed from last year in kindergarten.

When asked how it was different, Eleora said, "There is new rice in the rice table, there is a chicken with babies, that is different, and a new sandbox with new sand and new stuffs in it. And you know how 1, 2, 3, 4 are touching? Our desks are like that now and tomorrow every single friend will be there."

Ryan Hanson, who is in Mrs. Bleau's third grade class, said on the first day in class there was no math and not a lot of reading and computer time that day, but they did learn new things.

"The teacher told us what to look forward to and what we will be learning in the future," he said. "I looked around and there are more new people than old people in my class. I am cool with that, though. And, yes, I liked my first day of school."

Over the summer, Colton School District did some maintenance upgrades, including replacing the high school staff/visitor parking lot, overlaying and relining the student parking lot. Kline said they listened to input from students and parents and made the parking spaces larger to make it easier for pickup truck drivers to park within the lines.

The high school gymnasium floor was resurfaced, seal coating was applied to parking lot of the elementary school and they are working on upgrades to the paving at the bus barn.

Happening now, the lights on the high school football field are being replaced with new and improved LED lighting.

"The new light system will be ready for our next home football game against Regis on Sept. 23," Kline said.

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