by Lisa Tome
Bryson Crowl is ready.
He knows he can open his gym locker when he starts classes at Rising Sun Middle School on August 21.
"I know how to use the schedule. I'm nervous about the school locker but I've got the gym lock down," said Crowl.
Crowl and other incoming sixth graders participated in the school's Jump Start program last week. Jump Start is held at area middle schools.
Jump Start helps incoming sixth graders learn how to use lockers, read a schedule, learn school rules, and get to know the building and some staff members before the first day of school. It is geared to alleviating anxiety including locker fears.
"We've learned how to do the lockers. But I'm afraid. I don't know what I will do if I can't (open it). And I'm afraid I will lose the combination," said Katie McKinney.
Jo McCord is looking forward to middle school. She's ready to be more independent than she was in elementary school. "I am looking forward to freedom and not being followed around by a teacher. I am looking forward to the responsibility," said McCord.
Emily Brammer isn't intimidated by the two-story school building.
"I like knowing I am going to a bigger school and having more responsibility," said Brammer.
Nathan Coffman said he wants to learn. "I am looking forward to getting to know the teachers," Coffman said.
Averi Stevens can't wait to experience middle school freedom. Stevens said she is also looking forward to gym class.