By John Anderson

On my son Robbie's first day of school, 14 years ago, he is dwarfed by neighbors Jordan Straub and Charles Cunnion as they get ready for the bus.

On my son Robbie’s first day of school, 14 years ago, he is dwarfed by neighbors Jordan Straub and Charles Cunnion as they get ready for the bus.

The first day of school is always a bit dramatic, if not traumatic for some. Yesterday morning, I stopped by Bryn Mawr School as the buses were offloading. A year ago, on Auburn Mass Daily’s second day in business, I photographed the organized chaos from a distance after explaining myself to the Police Officer at the crosswalk. I didn’t want to appear like some kind of pervert. This year, wearing my press pass and having become a recognizable person in town, I took a close up position.

It was an absolute pleasure to see the faces coming off the buses and waiting in line to enter their classrooms. Although there was a perceivable nervousness in the air, the general excitement won over most of the students and faculty. Some parents, of course, were a bit concerned about the release of their child for 6 and 1/2 hours. My experience is that the children in the Auburn Public Schools are in a safe, positive environment, and this was so obvious as the faculty worked non-stop to get every child in the right place.

When I talked to Principal Beth Chamberland, she said it was great to see the incoming kindergarten students, but it was wonderful to see the returning students she has missed all summer. The excitement from the Principal and her outstanding faculty was heartwarming.

Nearly 2,400 students went to school today in Auburn, some for the first time. We at Auburn Mass Daily wish each and every one a positive school year with loads of learning, friendship and fun.


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