New school year brings excitement

Parents walk their children to the new McBride Elementary School for the first time Aug. 4. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Parents walk their children to the new McBride Elementary School for the first time Aug. 4. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber /

With visions of math problems, science projects and book reports too, Fort Benning schools welcomed their students back Aug. 4 for the first day of school.

Thomas Fox, a fifth-grader at McBride Elementary School, parks his bike, ready to face the first day of school. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Thomas Fox, a fifth-grader at McBride Elementary School, parks his bike, ready to face the first day of school.

Thomas Fox, a fifth-grader at McBride Elementary School, was happy to be returning to school.

“I like school and I usually ride my bike everyday,” Fox said.

Amanda Collins joined her sons Caden and Bryson on their bike ride to school.

“It’s our first year on post. So they’re really excited and the new school is great. I like the open concept and the studio-style classrooms. It’s beautiful,” Collins said.

Sgt. 1st Class Jahmali Samuel and his wife walked their son and daughter to the new school.

Sgt. 1st Class Jahmail Samuel and his wife walk their children to school Aug. 4 for their first day. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Sgt. 1st Class Jahmail Samuel and his wife walk their children to school Aug. 4 for their first day.

“The school looks really nice. The open classrooms will make a good learning environment,” Samuel said.

“My daughter’s enjoys reading and math. I’m hoping that she continues to excel at that,” said Tasha Lavers, parent to a first-grader.

“I don’t know who’s more excited this morning, me, the students or the parents,” added Phyllis Parker, the principal of McBride Elementary School.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new McBride Elementary School will take place Aug. 23.

“I’m always glad to be supporting military children,” said Edwina Smith, the principal of Dexter Elementary School.

Sharita Alexander-Hall, middle, a fifth-grade teacher at Dexter Elementary School, instructs Hailey Hays, left, and Noris Espino-Vasquez with their "About Me" assignment Aug. 4, the first day of school. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Sharita Alexander-Hall, middle, a fifth-grade teacher at Dexter Elementary School, instructs Hailey Hays, left, and Noris Espino-Vasquez with their “About Me” assignment Aug. 4, the first day of school.

Sharita Alexander-Hall, a fifth-grade teacher at Dexter Elementary School, looks forward to using the college and career ready standards to teach her students all that she can.

“This year, we’re doing even more project-based learning. One of my favorite projects is the Colonial project. The students are truly immersed in colonialism. They get to dress the part and create different things,” said Alexander-Hall.

“I’m excited to be back in school. I can’t wait to learn more this year,” said Hailey Hays, a fifth-grader in Hall’s class.

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