Principal Jessica Hammond smiled and greeted parents and children as they arrived for orientation day for Dedham's Early Childhood Education Center on Wednesday.
What does the first day of school mean to the fourth-year principal? "It means a new year to educate Dedham's youngest learners," said Hammond.
As Hammond instructed parents where to go inside the school, eager students like Declan Cavallette, 6, quickly rushed into the school. Before heading in, Declan opined what he likes best about school, "I love everything!"
"Kindergarten!" responded Drew Lougee, of what he was excited about.
On a bright and sunny day that drew smiles from most students, 5-year-old Mia Owens said she was excited for the first day of kindergarten "because my best friend from my old school is coming here."
The first day of kindergarten is on Thursday.
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