"I'm excited, I'm going to school with my brother," Bryce Brown, 4, Staunton, son of Chris and Candy Brown said. "It's a bigger school too."
Brown was one of the 40 students that attended Staunton Elementary Kindergarten Roundup Thursday.
While parents registered children, the future kindergarteners were escorted down the hall to their future classrooms, to listen as Kindergarten teacher Renee Watts read a story, "Another Mouse to Feed," by Robert Kraus, with illustrations by Jose Aruego and Ariane Deivey.
Snacks of apple juice and animal cookies were served, and before they left each child received crayons, pencils, letter papers for practice, different shape cutouts, number papers for practice and a coloring book.
"This gives the children an opportunity to come into the schools early and meet their new teacher," Watts said. "This way it isn't such a scary experience next fall."
"It is really important that the children are already familiarized with the environment and they area excited to come back," Kindergarten teacher Diane Smith said.
Both Watts and Smith are calling the roundup a success, as are other local schools that have already had their own activities.
Fritz said 38 students have enrolled for kindergarten next year, which he believes is a good initial turnout.
Clay City Elementary Principal Jon Russell noted the same success.
"I would consider our roundup a huge success," he said. "Many positive comments about the information we provided, the organization of the event, and the school bus safety session complete with a school bus ride was the students favorite event."
CCE is reporting 42 students registering during the kindergarten roundup.
Other schools are looking at the success of their counterparts in anticipation of a successful roundup.
"We are hoping to register 40-50 new kindergartners," Forest Park Elementary Principal Connie Cook said. "We always look forward to this event as the newest students and their parents get a chance to meet our staff including our nurse, speech teacher, Title I teacher and instructional assistants, classroom teachers."
The remaining kindergarten roundups for the Clay Community Elementary Schools include:
* East Side Elementary, April 21, 6:30 p.m.,
* Forest Park Elementary, April 22, 1 p.m., and
* Meridian Elementary, April 23, 6 p.m.
Parents or guardians need to bring their child's official birth certificate (not the hospital certificate) and current immunization records to the roundup.
If a parent or family member is unable to attend or has missed the event they will need to contact or drop by their respected school to register.