All students are new at Park school Children are excited as they learn ropes

September 01, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Usually, it is the new students who get lost on the first day of school, but last week even upperclassmen were struggling to find their way around the new Park Elementary School.

"At first it feels weird, like you don't know where to go. I'm learning my way," fourth-grader Lauren Cornell was saying by the end of the week.

"I just absolutely love it. It's a great school. Big improvement. I love the new things they've done with it and the new programs," said Lisa Cornell, Lauren's mother.

The $10 million school, built behind the original one, opened Wednesday, two days later than other county schools so that the staff could get settled in.

Raynor Horton said his daughters, first-grader Jessica and second-grader Jennifer, "were excited all summer about going to a new school."

Parents, teachers and administrators shared the children's excitement.

"It's nice. It's real convenient the way they have it set up with the lockers and bathrooms all in the classrooms," said Joseph Dashiell, who was outside the school Friday with other parents waiting to pick up their children.

The exterior of the one-story, red-brick building is trimmed in sea green and aqua blue to reflect the nautical theme chosen by students and the community.

RTC Among the things students said they liked were the large, airy classrooms, the color scheme and the air conditioning. An informal survey revealed another big hit at the school: lockers inside the classrooms. They were in the halls at the old school.

The new building is "a dream come true," said Principal Diane Lenzi. "I just love being here. I've never seen so many smiling children under one roof in my lifetime."

Pub Date: 9/01/96

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