First-Day Jitters

Photos by Jacob Wiegand/The Herald
April Lenardo of Jasper kissed her daughter Caelyn, 10, as they parted ways on Caelyn’s first day of fifth grade this morning at Tenth Street School in Jasper. Having recently moved back to Jasper from Las Vegas, April said her daughter was nervous. Classes in all five local school districts resumed today.  


Tenth Street fourth-grader Layla Merkley had her picture taken by her mother Ashley Speedy this morning before the start of school.


Tenth Street School Principal Kent Taylor addressed members of the fifth-grade class, the eldest class at the elementary school, Thursday on their first day back at school. "I want them to understand the responsibility of leadership," Taylor said. "That younger kids do look toward older kids for direction." He said his goal of the talk was not only for the fifth graders to set an example for the younger students, but also to build a better year for themselves.

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