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2009-08-27 / Front Page

An Exhausting First Day of School

While the first day of school is an event most children anticipate with a certain amount of excitement, many find that they are exhausted at the end of the day. Sitting outside Lexington's Elementary School on the first day were dozens of children waiting for their bus and/or parents to pick them up. Chances are, their tired expressions are not just due to a very eventful day, but could be influenced by the heat. The Elementary School's marquee read 109 degrees Monday afternoon! While the first day of school is an event most children anticipate with a certain amount of excitement, many find that they are exhausted at the end of the day. Sitting outside Lexington's Elementary School on the first day were dozens of children waiting for their bus and/or parents to pick them up. Chances are, their tired expressions are not just due to a very eventful day, but could be influenced by the heat. The Elementary School's marquee read 109 degrees Monday afternoon! Lexington children began another school year with much anticipation and excitement. By the end of the day, however, more than just a few were exhausted, having survived all the fun and fellowship shared throughout the day.

If the same was true of the teachers and administrators, it wasn't noticed. Donna Lee, Lexington High School Secretary, said, "The first day of school here was quiet and organized and went very smoothly. We kept saying, 'Okay, this is too good. When's it going to rain?' It was like that this morning too [Tuesday]. Everyone, students and teachers alike, is just taking care of business and it's wonderful — a great start at school!"

Lexington Elementary's headcount for the first day was 431 students. The Middle School reported 211 students and the High School showed 267 enrolled.

A real "plus" for the district is that the kids and staff are apparently pretty healthy. Bastrop High School reported last week that they had two confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus already; however, none of the Lee County Schools have seen an outbreak.

Marina Barrerra, office manager at the St. Joseph Family Medicine Clinic in Lexington said, "We haven't had any confirmed cases of H1N1 in Lexington. We've had four cases that we've sent off to be examined, but so far, none of them have come back confirmed for the disease. There's been one confirmed case in Burleson County, but none that we're aware of here in Lee County."

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