Wilson County Students Prepare To Head Back To School
by Emily Luxen
LEBANON, Tenn.- Wednesday night Wilson County students got a preview of what's to come this year.
For the first time, Southside Elementary School hosted an open house for parents and students. They got a chance to meet their teachers, drop off supplies, and see their classrooms. School is officially back in session Thursday, August 1.
Students and parents left feeling prepared to get the school year underway.
"I wanted to bring in all the supplies so we are not rushing around in the morning trying to get everything together," said parent Kris Riggan.
"I think there is a lot of excitement and students are ready to go," said fifth grade science teacher Angie Pulley. "There is always a fair amount of chaos on the first day of school, and this should help ease the stress."
Also, this year all Wilson County Elementary Schools will be staffed with a School Resource Officer. District officials said this ensures there will be an SRO at each school in the district.
"It is a great resource to have in our schools," said David Burton, Wilson County Director of Safety. "We're looking forward to a full year with those guys in our buildings."
District officials are also urging drivers to be cautious around schools and school zones Thursday morning. Wilson County sheriff's deputies and Mt. Juliet police officers will be increasing patrols around schools.
"Expect some delays," said Burton. "Please be careful around our schools and students and allow some extra time during your commute."
Now that all the classrooms are decorated, school supplies are stocked, officials said it is time to get the school year underway.
"We're all excited," said Richard Smallwood, Principal of Southside Elementary School. "We are all ready to go."