The start of a new school year is met with great excitement and anticipation. I love the smell of new crayons and the feel of a new outfit purchased especially for that first day. Memories from childhood are tickled to the surface each August when the school supply aisles triple in size at our local stores.
What a gift to have the great eclipse come straight through our city to help us launch this new year. Monday will be my first total eclipse experience, but everything I have read, watched and heard, is that there is nothing in comparison. What happens in those few short minutes of totality should be an event that will have lifetime impact.
Learning and classrooms can and should have this same positive impact. As I acclimate to my new District here in Payette, one of the most amazing things I see, is exactly how many previous students return to give back to their community through the schools. They were taught in classrooms by teachers that made a difference in their lives and introduce themselves proudly as former Payette students. This rich tradition will continue as we strive to move every student toward success through education.
My wish is for you to enter the schools Tuesday with awe, wonder and a hope for a great year ahead.