Summer break nears end

August 21, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - He spent his summer swimming, skating and "hard core" partying.

And before he starts his senior year of high school, Charles McClure, 18, of Hagerstown, said he and his friends will be throwing one more party.

Washington County Public Schools students will be going back to school Wednesday, and some said Sunday that they wished they had a few more weeks of summer break.

"I don't think the summer is long enough for me," said Bryan Cottrill, 7, of Smithsburg.

Bryan, who will be a second-grader at Smithsburg Elementary School, said he spent the weekend playing, getting school clothes, hitting golf balls and playing with his Game Boy. He also went to the movies to see "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."


He spent part of Sunday afternoon at City Park in Hagerstown with his aunt, Sheri Artz.

Lenzie Shoop, 5, of Hagerstown, will be starting kindergarten at Lincolnshire Elementary School and said she was anticipating getting a lot of right answers, and a lot of stickers.

"If you know stuff, you get stickers," she said.

Lenzie said she has picked out the outfit that she'll be wearing on the first day of school.

Judy Thomson, 11, and Tonya Dufour, 10, both of Hagerstown, said what they wear on Wednesday is very important. Judy said she'll be wearing jeans, but still has to buy a new shirt for the first day.

"I need to get my hair done, too," she said. "I'm going to wait, though, until maybe Tuesday, because we might go to the pool before then."

Tonya said she'd been spending time with her family before school begins.

"I try not to think about what it's going to be like," said Judy, who will be a sixth-grader at E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

Jordyn Harris, 10, and her twin sister, Janae Harris, will be in fifth grade at Conococheague Elementary School, and both are thrilled that school is starting. But they have different reasons.

Jordyn, who spent much of her summer reading, said she's ready to be back so she can spend time in her school's media center. Her sister is ready to be back learning about science.

Their cousin, 7-year-old Dionte Winston of Smithsburg, will start second grade at Smithsburg Elementary. He said he's been spending time at City Park, and that he went to Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa.

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