The familiar sight of school buses and crossing guards reappeared in Boise this morning as more than 25,000 students and 1,700 teachers made their way back to school to begin another semester.
"The moment I see those kids ... that's what it's all about for me," Lowell Elementary Principal Paula Bell told BW. "I can't wait to see my 200 babies walk through the door."
Bell's babies include kindergartners all the way to 12-year-olds, and she says traditionally everyone is happy on the first day of school, including some occasional troublemakers, whom she affectionately calls "frequent fliers."
Even the frequent fliers give you a hug," she said. "That first day, there are some tears, some laughter and inevitably somebody asks, 'Paula, there's still a kid outside. Could you pry him out from the car?'"
In the current issue of BW, we meet Bell, West Junior High Principal Tim Standlee and Capital High School Principal Jon Ruzicka, and it turns out that far fewer than six degrees separate the three principals.