Thursday August 30, 2012

LANESBOROUGH

There are many lessons to be learned during the first day of school, but not all of them are academic.

Take the lessons of first grade, for example.

It is the responsibility of Lanesborough Elementary first-grade teacher Carol Daly and classroom assistant Bella Aherne to introduce the students to the concepts of using a desk and locker for the first time.

"It's kind of cute -- a lot of them will come in and put their backpack and things on their desk and then open [the desks' tops up]," said Daly.

She then demonstrated what happens when desk tops are flipped open. Everything on the desk slides off.

Still, the favorite part of going back to school is "the excitement and the new beginning," Daly said.

Daly's students, dressed in a rainbow of colors and clothing styles, eagerly asked her questions and fiddled with new notebooks, pencil bags and boxes of crayons.

Seventeen area public grade schools from the kindergarten through Grade 12 sector headed back to class in Berkshire County on Wednesday. This included Farmington River, Hancock, Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools; Richmond Consolidated; Mount Greylock Regional School; and schools in the Southern Berkshire, Berkshire Hills and Lee districts. Lenox Public Schools and St. Joseph Central High School start classes today.

Central Berkshire Regional School District and most grades of Pittsfield Public Schools start Tuesday. North Adams Public Schools, McCann Technical School, and pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes of Williamstown begin next Wednesday. The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District goes back Sept. 7.