ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—It’s back to school. Anne Arundel County is the first school district to start classes in our area.

Andrea Fujii explains the students say they’re excited to get ahead.

It’s an enthusiastic first day of school for the sixth-graders at Wiley Bates Middle School and many don’t mind ending their summer.

“To read and to get an education and get my scholarship,” said Sincere Brown, sixth-grader.

Anne Arundel County has always started earlier to incorporate more time for faculty learning and four weather days.

Anne Arundel County Schools superintendent Dr. Kevin Maxwell introduced the new students to their teachers.

“I love the first day of school; it’s a new beginning,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell then joined them for breakfast as Wiley Bates is one of 21 district schools that participate in Maryland Meals for Cheap, the statewide free and reduced meal program.

Maxwell says a tough economy presents challenges in the classroom.

“You have kids who are dealing with additional stresses in their lives,” he said. “What we need to do as a school system is to organize ourselves around meeting those challenges.”

Meanwhile some students’ first priority is to learn the tricks of being a big kid.

“Open the locker and how to unlock my lock,” said Brown.

They are enjoying leaving elementary school behind.

“We learn different stuff and we be doing different stuff and we be doing stuff all by ourselves,” said Nijay Fowlkes, sixth-grader.

Most other school districts in our area, including Baltimore City, start on Monday.


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