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Kindergarten kickoff helps new students get ready for school

Posted August 18, 2019 12:31 a.m. EDT
Updated August 18, 2019 4:00 p.m. EDT

— Traditional calendar students in Wake County return to school on Aug. 26. That's a big day for those attending school for the first time.

Just take this number in, the class of 2032. It will be here before you know it. But first, they learn smaller numbers.

At the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, rising kindergartners learned what it is like to start school, to sit in class, ride the bus and grab lunch.

"Kids get to go through a pretend lunch line and fill their tray," said Emily Bruce, vice president of development.

It's the getting to school that Luke and Haden Colavito like the most. They both enjoyed riding the bus and were looking forward to the start of school.

It's good practice for the kids ahead of the big day. It's also an opportunity to get over any shyness.

This kickoff to Kindergarten is for parents as well. Torian Bunch is excited for the change.

"We get to do homework and go outside sometimes, eat breakfast and lunch," said Torian Bunch, who will be entering Kindergarten.

For mom, it's tough letting go.

"That's my baby, so him growing up on me is kind of nerve-wracking," Empress Bunch said.

Parents also got help planning for the more distant future, like college.