First day of kindergarten emotional for Summit County students, parents |

First day of kindergarten emotional for Summit County students, parents

Upper Blue Elementary principal Kerry Buhler escorts a group of students inside on their first day of kindergarten on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2015, including, from left to right, Tyrn Lifgren, Jocylynn Bradford, Patrick Sawyer Goble and Brody Thibodeau.
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Saying goodbye on the first day of kindergarten was tough for Breckenridge resident Brittany Thomas.

The mother of four wiped her face as she dropped off her eldest, 5-year-old Cameron Olthoff, at Upper Blue Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

“I got to get used to this,” said Thomas, standing in the parking lot afterward with red eyes.

Cameron was more excited and nervous.

“She cried for like two seconds during breakfast, and then, she was singing all the way here,” Thomas said.

Principal Kerry Buhler said the morning seemed easy with no crying parents and only a few snifflers.

In 2014, volunteer Naomi McMahon said, parents of kindergarteners lingered in the drop-off area after the bell rang, and students disappeared with their teachers.

“It was almost like they thought, ‘Ooh, maybe I can get one more glimpse.’ This year, the parents just seemed really confident,” she said.

Similar scenes of hugs, kisses, tearful waves and parents asking when they could come eat lunch with their children played out throughout the county at Breckenridge Elementary, Dillon Valley Elementary, Frisco Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary and Summit Cove Elementary.

First- through fifth-graders started school Tuesday, and middle and high school students returned to class on Monday.

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