Summer vacation is officially over on Fort Rucker as students made their way back to school Aug. 2, but things are a little different for elementary school students as they tackle the new school year.
Although the back-to-school day was typical for Fort Rucker Primary School students, Fort Rucker Elementary School students were settling into their new, temporary school, The Village, and even though parents and teachers had to learn to navigate a new morning routine, things couldn't have gone any better, according to Dr. Vicki Gilmer, principal of Fort Rucker Schools.
"I think this year's back-to-school was amazing," she said. "I am very grateful to the parents of all our students. Car rider and bus information was distributed, and everyone has been terrific at following set procedures.
"Parents and students were excited and happy to be back … and we had extraordinary, positive feedback from both students and parents," she added. "At the primary school, I also felt that excitement in the air as young students came in eager to start school."
The challenge of the morning was making sure traffic ran smoothly as people came to drop their children off at the new location, and with eight school busses running instead of the usual three, some delays were expected, but everything went off without a hitch, said Gilmer.
Becky Tindall, military spouse, said that she was surprised at how efficient the process was given that it was the first day in the new facility.
"We got up extra early this morning because we were fully expecting a line of cars to drop the kids off today, but when we got here we were really surprised at how smoothly everything was operating," she said. "I think things went really well and they did a really good job of getting everyone in."
Parents were also impressed with the facility itself, which houses grades three through six, and features a full gym, outdoor play area, media center and cafeteria.
"When we came [for the Sneek-a-Peek] we were really surprised at how well put together the school is," said Daniel Graves, military spouse. "From the outside it might look like a temporary school, but once you get inside it's like a real school with hallways and lockers and everything –it's really nice.
"It's always a bit nerve-racking when dropping the kids off for the first day of school," she added. "You get used to having your kids around for the summer, then it's back to the daily school routine, but knowing that the children are so well taken care of makes it a lot easier. I know they always do a great job of taking care of our kids."