Laura Moffett crouched as her daughters — Cate, 6, and Alexandria, 9 — stood in the Prairie Elementary garden, attired in colorful first-day-of school outfits and full backbacks. Moffett needed to head to work soon, but not before she documented her daughters’ first days of first and fourth grades.
“They’re totally ready,” Moffett said. “I couldn’t be more proud and happier that they just jumped right out of bed and got ready for school. They love Prairie.”
The lazy days of summer officially came to an end for thousands of Shawnee Mission School District students and their parents Tuesday, as the familiar rhythms of the school year clicked back into place. The crossing guard held her stop sign out as moms and dads walked their kids from the Village Presbyterian parking lot across Mission Road to the school entrance. A school bus pulled into the circle drive. Paraeducator Marianne Noll grinned as she approached the entrance.
“You couldn’t ask for much better weather for the first day of school,” she said. “Everyone’s excited today.”
Carlos and Ann Murguia held hands with their daughter Isabella as they made their way down Mission Road to drop her off for her first day of third grade. Isabella came to Prairie last year, and she’s got a pretty good sense of her favorite part of being a Panther.
“You know,” she said. “I like to read their books.”