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Aiken, Edgefield County students head back to school

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Dr. Mendi Tucker was among those who greeted parents and pupils Friday as they entered Merriwether Elementary School for its open house.

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Parents and children file into Kerry Moore's first grade classroom during an open house at Merriwether Elementary School.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Parents and children file into Kerry Moore's first grade classroom during an open house at Merriwether Elementary School.

The school’s new principal is excited about the start of the school year today in Aiken and Edgefield counties.

“I’m looking forward to a great school year and meeting everyone, building relationships in the school and in the community, and creating an atmosphere where we are all in it as one,” she said.

First-grader Tucker Metz quietly checked out his new classroom as his mother, Janette, spoke with teacher Kerry Moore. The 6-year-old is looking forward to doing a lot of reading.

“I’m going to get into the point club,” Tucker said, referring to a program that awards pupils points for reading.

His 9-year-old sister, Lillie, is starting fourth grade at the school and also enjoys reading, she said. “And art class,” she added.

The start of the school year presents a lot of opportunities, their mother said.

“I’m excited about the different activities they can participate in,” she said. “They have a lot to offer here, and I think that keeps the children motivated. They have a lot to look forward to in class and in after-school activities. I’m also excited about helping out at the school during the school year.”

Merriwether was among several schools that held open houses for parents and children to meet their teachers, see their classrooms and receive information about the school year.


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