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School year starts in Madawaska with a special birthday

MADAWASKA, Maine — The new year has begun at Madawaska Elementary School, where some students reunited with friends after the summer break, while others made new friends and met their new teachers Thursday. 


As the bell rang Thursday morning, Sept. 5, lines of well-behaved children marched outside, barely able to hold their excitement for the first session of recess for the school year. 

Kindergartner Katherine Theriault had an extra special first day at school as she was also celebrating her birthday. Theriault sat in the rocking chair in the classroom waiting to go out to recess with a birthday crown on her head. 

“I like kindergarten,” Theriault said. “My favorite part is making pictures, and I like Mrs. Chasse. I also like the books really good.” 

Theriault’s new teacher, Christine Chasse, has 15 other students aside from the birthday girl and used part of her summer break to prepare for the new school year. 

“We will put between 20 and 40 hours just to get ready for the new year,” Chasse said. 

She said part of the reason it takes so long for the teachers to get ready for the first day of school is because they have to label everything in the room for the younger classes with the student’s names. 

Chasse added the students focus on a theme throughout the year. 

“Our theme for this year is being kind, and teaching the students to have respect for each other and adults,” Chasse said. “We’re looking forward to a great new year.” 

Theriault said that she was happy to have her birthday on the first day of school because she was able to spend it with new and old friends. 

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