by Lisa Tome
After 42 years working as a school teacher and administrator, Tom Marinelli, still experiences first day jitters.
"I still get butterflies and don't sleep well (the night before the first day of school). It's been a ball. There is nothing like the first day of school," said Marinelli, principal at Conowingo Elementary.
'Marinelli said he tries to stand out on the first day. "Typically for the kid's first day, I'll wear an eye-catching tie. I try to wear something kid-friendly," he said.
Conowingo secretary Jenny Drennen is also ready for school to start on Thursday. "I get excited over seeing the kids again but I'm here all summer. On the first day of school I dress up a bit. I wear my favorite color, blue, and I plan it before," said Drennen.
Beverly Peschek also works at Conowingo. "I try to look nice for the first day. The new year is a clean slate. New year, new attitude. I plan my outfit," said Peschek.
Edith Lidy-Reddick has had 20 years of the "first day of school". "I get excited. I get nervous. I want to make sure every kid gets on the right bus. My main concern is the safety of the kids," said Lidy-Reddick. "The first day of school brings separation anxiety for either the parents or kids. I try to make it comfortable for parents and kids," she said.
Lidy-Reddick said she is concerned about buses being late. She said one of the causes of the delay in addition to new bus stops, is the desire by parents to take cell phone photos of the children boarding the bus on the first day.
Maria Fanning will teach first grade at Conowingo this year. She taught special education and was building coordinator in the past. "I feel like I'm a first year teacher. I'm so excited. I get excited about seeing the kids. I enjoy the interaction," she said.
Fanning has worked diligently to get her classroom ready. "It's been quite busy but I'm excited," she said.
Forreste Colson is back for her second year as an art teacher. She will see new students daily during the first week or so of school. "I feel like I have a whole week of first days," Colson said.
Colson said she was restless and unable to relax before she got her room decorated and ready for students. "Now that the room is ready, I feel better now. It's hard to work on the room once school starts. All my time will be spent grading and writing lessons," she added.