GALION — The halls of the Galion Intermediate School were filled with kids at lunchtime Wednesday, the first day of classes for all students that attend Galion City Schools.
Fifth grader Cooper Kent said he was enjoying his first day of school.
“I am getting to know my teachers and finding my way around the fifth grade halls,” he said.
Kent’s classmate, Delia Nasipak, said she feels great about being back in school after the summer break.
“I get to see all of my friends. I want to achieve my goals in schools so I can go to college and live my life,” said Nasipak who aspires to be a singer one day.
Both students said they are very happy with the new flexible seating in their classrooms.
“We get to sit where we want, depending on what type of seat we want to sit on,” said Nasipak.
Fifth-grade teacher Sue Stark said the flexible seating offers students better communication, fosters creativity and allows the students to be more comfortable.
Christine Smith, intervention specialist, said there is an array of different types of seating for students, including a cushioned church pew.
“The kids really seem to like it and we are excited about it as well,” said Smith.
Smith said it is exciting to begin a new school year.
“The kids are receptive and ready for new challenges,” Smith said.
Principal Alex Sharick said the first day was a smooth one.
“Things are going well for staff and students,” he said.
Sharick said the school began participating in the Leader In Me program last year.
“We have posters up throughout the school that features the habit tree,” said Sharick.
The Leader in Me program is based on the book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Steven Covey. The seven habits of the program include being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand then to be understood, synergize and sharpening the saw.
“Last year, a kid was struggling. He was very shy but he came up with the idea to have a Star Wars-themed day at school, May the Fourth Be With You. He presented it to me and we did it. Everyone enjoyed it and that student found his voice. He has had several successes since then,” Sharick said. “Believing, achieving and succeeding, that is what we want for all of our students.”
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