Upperclassmen at Nashua High South, who gave up their last day of summer vacation to help out at freshman orientation, listen as Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks to the Class of 2017. (Barbara Taormina)
Hassan helps welcome freshmen at Nashua South.
“I failed chemistry in college,” said Hassan who was in the city helping the school kick off a full day of freshman orientation. But Hassan didn’t give up on atoms.
After a long hot summer, Nashua schools welcomed back thousands of students Tuesday morning with similar words of advice and encouragement.
“It’s always a culmination of getting everything ready and finally seeing the kids,” said Laurie Dobrowolski, a third-grade teacher at Main Dunstable.
“This day is just for you,” Principal Keith Richard told the freshmen at South. “We want to make sure you’re set up for success.”
And at South, student volunteers helped with a first-day-of-school tradition. Freshmen met in the school cafeteria and then walked through a gauntlet of teachers, staff and upperclassmen who cheered and clapped as they passed.
Hassan, who mentioned she was “raised by teachers,” seemed to feel at home at South.
“I am so impressed with the upperclassmen who gave up their last day of summer for you,” she told the freshmen.
“I’m looking forward to having you to work with,” she told the Class of 2017. “You will be the engine for the next stage of whatever New Hampshire is.”