Thousands of Students Welcomed Back to Area Schools


Friday, August 18th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Despite the hot weather, area schools reported a smooth opening day Thursday. Tulsa Public Schools and some surrounding districts welcomed thousands of students back to class.

As usual, students opened the door on a new school year with a variety of emotions.
Some were glad. "I was kind of bored at the end of the summer,” said Hale student Shae Smith. “I was kind of ready for it to end. Plus, I was ready to see my friends."

Families set early alarm clocks to get everyone back in the groove. “It's been hectic this morning,” said parent Leigh Ann Cariker. “I have five in school this year, so it's been busy and hectic. But we've done fine so far."

The first day went fine for most schools that opened including Owasso and Jenks. That's not to say there wasn't the usual opening day confusion. Educators focused on getting students in the right class at the right time and explaining procedures. New Tulsa Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Sawyer achieved his goal to visit every school in the district. "Some of these schools are tucked away, but we're finding them," he said.

Sawyer greeted staff and students with a calling card. "I'm handing out a little card that says, 'I saw him and I can prove it,’” Sawyer said. “We want to leave evidence on every campus and then whoever gets one of these cards, will turn it in with their name and have a drawing next Wednesday for a prize."

Schools were proud to welcome their new leader, who paused for a snapshot. Educators says there's a lot parents can do to help their children, such as communicating about school in a positive way, and talking about experiences and homework daily….so that the promise and excitement of the first day carries over to a successful school year.