Summer break is officially over for students in Aiken and Edgefield counties.
At Hammond Hill Ele-mentary School on Monday morning, parents greeted each other as their children waved to and hugged their friends before the start of school.
Nine-year-old Tommy Burch said that he most looked forward to “seeing my friends again” after the summer break.
The fourth-grader and his brother, Ben, who is in third grade, were accompanied to their classrooms by their mother, Deana Burch.
As a parent, it’s exciting to see the children get excited about the start of school and being ready to reconnect with their teachers and friends, said Burch, who volunteers regularly at the school.
Fifth-grader Shelby Ene-voldsen has one goal in mind this year – “Have a good year,” she said.
The family was prepared and ready for the school year, said her mother, Desiree Enevoldsen.
“My family prepares by gathering school supplies, getting our clothes together the night before and lots of prayer,” she said.
Teachers were all smiles as they waited for pupils to arrive.
Tamara Butler, the school’s current Teacher of the Year, said that she was looking forward to meeting and teaching her new group of pupils.
“I’m looking forward to just getting into the school year with the new kids, learning their personalities, giving them everything second graders are going to need,” said Butler, who has taught at the school for 16 years.