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'The children are a priority'

PTA open houses highlight changes at two schools

First-grade teacher Judy Cournoyer, right, talks about what Xavier Rivera’s weekly schedule will be with his mom, Carmen Torres, at West Street School. Like many teachers, Cournoyer is now working in a new building; she shifted from Eastford Road. Some of her colleagues at West and Charlton, however, chose to stay in their buildings but switched grades instead. School formally started this Tuesday, with Charlton and West now serving grades 1-5, Eastford serving pre-K and kindergarten, and the new middle/high school on Torrey Road grades 6-12. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
September 05, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — For many people – parents and kids alike – going to a new school is stressful.

Last Friday though, some pirates tried to make it a little less so, on behalf of the PTA. The lines of families ran well out the door Aug. 31, at both Charlton and West Street schools, as hundreds of people took advantage of the organization's open house "scavenger hunt" to get to know the newly-reorganized elementary schools.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for children to see their new teachers, if not meet them. It adds to the comfort of the child," said Amy Simoes, one of the volunteers with two kids in the system. "... It's really apparent today with the turnout that the children are a priority."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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