PELHAM, N.Y. Parents picked up their children from school Wednesday at the end of the first day of the new academic year in the Pelham School District. While many children were sad to see summer end, some parents couldn't wait for the school bus to arrive.
"I was ready for him to go back to school the day after school ended last semester," said Jacqueline Miller, mother of a 9-year-old in fourth grade at Hutchinson Elementary School. She and many other parents waited in the wind and rain around noon on Wednesday for their children to emerge from the double doors onto Third Avenue.
Miller, who lives on Fifth Avenue, said she has been prepared for the first day of school for months. She said the first few days of school are rough as she tries to wake her son early in the morning, get him ready and keep him away from television and other distractions. The duo usually leaves for school around 7:45 a.m., but Miller does not think that will last.
"Probably within a couple of weeks to a couple of months we'll be dragging at like five after eight," Miller said. "(And) the doors lock at 10 after eight."
Miller said she would ask her son about his first day but was already optimistic about how it went.
"I'm assuming that it went well," Miller said. "I'm hoping that it went well."
Teachers directed some children onto school buses to make the trip home. Angela Cox, public information officer for the Pelham School District, said that there were no significant delays or problems with transportation in the afternoon.
Cox said that the inclement weather caused some delays for teachers who commuted in the morning. She said that some teachers who live about 20 minutes away took more than an hour to get to work.
Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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