Irish smiles and tears as school resumes
Emotional back to school day for Irish-American children in Yonkers
Aoife’s friend Ava arrived through the school gates moments after and she was elated.
“Hi,” Aoife smiled from ear to ear as she welcomed her friend Ava to her new school.
Ava, 4, was accompanied on her first day of kindergarten by her mommy Fidelma and her daddy Fergal Byrne, her older brother Dylan, 6, her brother Shane, 3, and her little sister Jenna, 21 months.
This is Ava’s second year at the Yonkers Montessori Academy. Last year she was a pupil in the pre-kindergarten class.
Fidelma, who hails from County Louth, and Shane, from County Monaghan, were excited to see Ava back to school. Unfortunately, Ava didn’t share her parents’ enthusiasm.
She said she wanted to “stay at home” instead to going to school. As Ava clung on to her sister Jenna’s stroller, she made sure her mommy wasn’t far from her side.
Older brother Dylan, who was ready for the challenge of second grade on Tuesday, said he would make it his business to look out for his little sister at school. But in the meantime he would be busy getting to know his new teacher, catching up with his school friends and doing his favorite thing, “art.”
Ava did admit the one thing she was looking forward about school was “playing outside” with her friends. And she promised her mom she would “help” all the new pre-kindergarten children settle into school life this year.
The Devaney family was also getting ready to send the last of their four girls to school on Tuesday.
Siobhan and Vincent Devaney from County Dublin, now living in Yonkers, had four uniforms to press and four lunch boxes to pack on Monday night.
Kate, 9, Lilly, 7, Aine, 5, and their youngest, Sinead, 4, stuck together on Tuesday as they prepared to go up the steps and through the large doors of the Montessori school.
It was Sinead’s first day. She was very excited to meet her teacher, Ms. Costa.
Sinead was hoping Ms. Costa will teach her to read like her big sisters. She was looking forward to her first day.
“Today we will paint I think and I will meet lots of new friends,” she said happily.
Big sister Kate, who was getting ready for fourth grade, promised to look out for her youngest sibling at school, just like she has looked out for Lilly and Aine in the past.
And when not looking out for her siblings, Kate said she was excited to get back to learning mathematics, her favorite subject.
Math, however, was far from Lilly’s mind.
“I love reading,” shared Lilly.
And her little sister, Aine, prefers writing.
As the girls huddled together the excitement began to show on their faces, and proud Siobhan was there to document it all on camera.
For best friends Jack Rooney and Jack Deere, Tuesday couldn’t have come any quicker. Rooney, 5, and Deere, 4, have been best friends since they were born, and both of them were about to begin the venture of kindergarten together.
Unfortunately, while waiting for the doors to open, it was unclear if the boys would be in the same class, but nevertheless it was obvious by their camaraderie that meeting in the playground on a daily basis was high on their agenda.
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