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Parents "Boo Hoo" Through the First Day of School for Kindergarteners

August 12, 2019 - Trending in Schools

The first day of Kindergarten is exciting for students and parents. But it can also be emotional to watch little ones enter a classroom for the first time.

Several schools throughout Hillsborough County hold a "Boo Hoo Breakfast," where parents can get together to celebrate the milestone and even sometime let out a few tears.

"Parents dropping off their kindergarteners probably have some anxiety, some nerves, and some emotions going on there," said Enrique Ramirez, who brought his kindergartener to class at MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet School. 

Dozens of parents at MacFarlane Park talked with each other after dropping off their new students and shared the moment over bagels and coffee. 

"I'm doing okay. She didn't want to let go either. It was a gut-check last night. We were watching videos of them learning to crawl, and we couldn't believe that today we were dropping her off at kindergarten," said Maria Castillo.

"I might shed a tear too. Not in front of anyone though," Castillo's husband Jorge joked.

Marcella Fontan says the breakfast is more for parents to adjust to the new surroundings than students. "I just know that she's growing up and the year is going to go by fast and pretty soon she'll be on to middle school." 

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