The first day of school is an emotional event, sometimes more for parents than students. I like shooting the first day, especially for kindergarten students. The variety of emotions and little moments is wonderful. And it is one of the few times in the school year I’m able to photograph parent interaction.
The early Learning Village (Franklin County) was a perfect location. It serves students in grades preschool through first grade. The kindergarten students were sent to the gym as they first entered the building. They sat in lines organized by class, with a large picture of their teacher on the wall to help them remember. When all of the students had arrived, their teachers lead them to their new classrooms. They were offered activities like coloring or playing with clay and the nervousness seemed to disappear.
Good luck to all of the teachers and students this year. Let me know if you have anything really cool or unusual happening in your classroom this year and maybe I’ll stop by for a visit.
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