Students and parents got the school year off to a sweet start Wednesday at Ridgecrest Elementary School in the Puyallup School District.
In addition to tender moments between kids, parents and teachers, the morning featured doughnut-and-coffee snacks for moms and dads dropping off their children.
The PTA, which sponsored the snacks, calls it the “Yahoo-Boohoo” moment. The phrase encapsulates the range of reactions to the start of school. For many families, it’s a mix of both joy and tears.
“She’s my firstborn,” said an emotional Christina Hobart, as she watched her kindergartener, Adriana Brown, explore the playground before classes began.
Dad Demitrius Brown said Adriana had been excited and talking about the start of school all week. His wish on her first day of school: that he could “fast-forward” and see her academic future.
But Hobart had a different take: “He wants to fast-forward. I want it to slow down.”
Karen Dahl taught third grade at Ridgecrest for 26 years. This year, she’ll have 31 students in her classroom.
“Every child who walks through the door is a gift to me,” the smiling Dahl said. “We are so lucky here. Our families are great.”
Once students entered their classrooms, parents and younger siblings gathered outside while PTA parents passed boxes of doughnuts. The snacks were from the Epic Donut shop on South Hill.
While the PTA paid a discounted price for Wednesday’s treats, Epic owners Erin and Tom Dobrinski on Tuesday helped get ready for opening day by delivering free doughnuts to teachers and other employees throughout the Puyallup district. Erin Dobrinski, a former teacher, said she and her husband wanted to give a special thank-you.
“We appreciate all that they do for our kids and want them to know,” Erin Dobrinski said.
Also on Wednesday, the Epic crew delivered doughnuts to private schools in Puyallup.
Altogether, Erin Dobrinski estimated they handed out about 2,000 doughnuts to Puyallup teachers and others.
Wednesday was the first day of school in Puyallup, Tacoma, Bethel and other Pierce County districts. Other schools started Tuesday, and some started last week.
Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635