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Thurgood Marshall Elementary teacher Zsavai Page prepares her new kindergarten class for story time. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Thurgood Marshall Elementary teacher Zsavai Page prepares her new kindergarten class for story time. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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RAW VIDEO: Superintendent Jackson delivers first day welcome

Superintendent Luvenia Jackson delivers a first day of school 2014 welcome.

Superintendent Luvenia Jackson delivers a first day of school 2014 welcome.

MORROW — Parents stood along the back wall of their kids’ classrooms on the kindergarten hall of Thurgood Marshall Elementary.

Teacher Zsavai Page welcomed the children and, in a soft voice, gave the tykes basic instructions. Already, they are engaging in soft skills development, cleaning their desk tops and politely finding their ways to the reading mat.

Parents took the extra time in Page’s class partly to get oriented to her classroom procedures and partly to help their children transition to the new surroundings.

Kanya Kossonou, 5, who speaks English and French, was acquainted with her surroundings. Her mother, Marie Kossonou, is an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher at the school.

The mother said her child was happy to get to her first day at “big school.” Older children demonstrated a comparable level of comfort and independence with already having some familiarity from the year or years past.

Principal Cynthia Dickerson welcomed some parents at the front office as teachers and advisors assisted parents with registration and making their way to class.

Superintendent Luvenia Jackson paid a visit to the school, too. She greeted faculty and parents left behind after the early morning rush. She was expected to visit several schools in the area.

“We have a wonderful school system in Clayton County,” said Jackson. “This year began with such a tremendous enthusiasm for the first day. We’re excited about beginning school here in Clayton County.”