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Barboursville school eases parents, kids into first day of kindergarten

August 22, 2018

BARBOURSVILLE - Any parent with a child entering kindergarten for the first time will tell you it can be an emotional experience.

“I am very excited and happy for my daughter; she is ready to go to school,” said Amanda Weaver, of Ona, who dropped off her daughter, Aubrie, at Nichols Elementary School in Barboursville on Tuesday morning. “It’s a little sad for me, so I may shed a few tears after I get back in my car.”

This year, the school came up with an event to help make the experience more memorable for children, while also offering emotional support for parents struggling with dropping off their babies for the first time.

“This is our first ever ‘Boo Hoo or Yahoo Breakfast,’” Principal Serena Collins said Tuesday morning, the school’s first day of kindergarten classes.

Collins said she got the idea from Pinterest.

“Many parents are often very sad when they have to leave their children at school for the first time,” she said. “I remember when my baby went to kindergarten and it was very emotional for me. I saw where a parent had posted about a ‘Boo Hoo’ breakfast and one of our other volunteers said she had seen something about a ‘Boo Hoo or Yahoo’ event. I thought that would be even better. I just wanted us to do something to make both the children and the parents feel better about this big day in their lives.”

A parent volunteer made a large paper frame and the school, with the help of local church volunteers, offered picture taking sessions, coffee, doughnuts and tissues for sad parents and party horns for happy parents.

Bobby Minnix, of Huntington, was dropping off his son, Kile, for his first day of kindergarten and said he appreciates the school doing everything it can to make the day a memorable one.

“This is a very good event for everyone,” said Minnix, a Barboursville police officer. “I am in the ‘yahoo’ crowd, and so is my son. We are both excited and ready for this big day.”

Ashley Adkins, of Barboursville, dropped off her daughter, Cailyn, and said this is a day she will always remember.

“Many parents and kids are nervous about the first day of kindergarten,” Adkins said. “She is really excited, but Mom is not sure what I am going to do without her being home. I just love that the school understands what we parents and our children are going through and have made it a day we will never forget.”

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