Students arrived for the first day of school at Dover Air Base Middle School and George S. Welch Elementary in a genuinely enthusiastic manner Wednesday.


Students arrived for the first day of school at Dover Air Base Middle School and Major George S. Welch Elementary in a genuinely enthusiastic manner Wednesday.

Dover Air Base Middle eighth graders Jennifer Cabrera and Alexus Miller embraced before joining friends Dallas Smith, Allison Hayes, Heather Bryan and India Hursey, all 13, as they waited for the doors to open upon the first school bell at 7:55 a.m.

“We haven’t seen each other all summer so it is good to see each other again,”
Smith said. “We’re going to rule the school.”

Eighth graders Haille Adams and Joy Carter, both 13, also hugged before they joined friends Lauren Polinski and Kayla Trulington, both 12, and Jasmine Bagley, 13, in the middle school line.

All schools in the Caesar Rodney School District went back to school on Wednesday. It was also the first day for Campus Community School, where the scene was similar to Dover Air Base Middle and Welch Elementary. Administrators and teachers got hugs, high fives and greetings from returning students on their way in the front door. Many younger students and new kids walked in with their parents and caregivers, who dropped them off at their new classes.

Dover Air Base sixth grader Alyssa Beckwith, 11, had a few butterflies in her stomach for the first day of school. Beckwith is not just new to Dover Air Base Middle; she new to the area in general. Her family just moved here four days ago from Virginia, said her mother, Kim Schonlaw. Schonlaw’s 7-yearold niece Alana Burke tagged along for the big day.

“You’re going to have a great day,” Schonlaw said.

She hung around a little longer when she sensed her daughter’s apprehension.

On the other side of the glass doors, Welch Elementary fourth graders Asa Karpel, Kyran Costa and Patrick Arnold, all 9, got caught up with each other after a summer off. Welch Elementary and Dover Air Base Middle are attached to each other.

It was the same for fourth graders Ryanna Morgan and Abigail Walosin.

Meanwhile, fourth graders McKayla Caktea, Hannah Herman and Megan Hurlbert, all 9, were the first in line to wait for their side of the school to open.

A few minutes after the Welch Elementary bell, Amanda Eberhardt and her son, first grader Ian, 6, found out from Principal Alane Brown that they were late for the first day. Now, they know the school bell rings at 8:20 a.m.

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Staff writer Sariak Jagtiani contributed to this report.