Around 3,800 or more young people headed back to class this week, as Garrett County Public Schools opened on Monday. To celebrate their return, Dr. Janet Wilson, superintendent of schools, hopped a bus to join some of the youngsters as they took their first bus ride of the year. Wilson rode bus #46 with driver Mike VanSickle (pictured in the bus), who transports students in the northern part of the county. The route starts on Pud Miller Road and continues along Fish Hatchery, Bowman Hill, Rabbit Hollow, and Collier roads, making several stops before arriving at Northern High and Northern Middle schools. After the older kids disembark, the bus continues on, making stops along Garrett Highway and Aiken Miller Road before dropping off students at Accident Elementary. “It was a pleasure to ride a school bus on the first day," the superintendent said. "The excitement of the first day shows on all of the students’ faces as they greet their bus driver for the new year." She expressed thanks to Warren Glotfelty, the bus contractor, and to VanSickle for giving her the opportunity to ride along. "I saw some parts of lovely Garrett County I had yet not seen," she said. "It is a large county!” Wilson is pictured in back of the students. In the front, from left, are Aubrey McNeill, Lylee Jones, Alex Benton, and Karter Tasker, all first graders. In the second row, same order, are Ted Guingrich, third grade, Allison Brown, fourth, Blake Spiker, second, Haylee Jones, fourth, Sam Guingrich, third, and Jacquelyn Patton, third. To see today's entire issue, click on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above.
Today is Aug. 27, 2015.