LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The first day of school has come and gone for many students across the coast. For most teachers, students, and parents, it's a day of excitement and a few nerves. That was certainly the case at W.J. Quarles Elementary in Long Beach. And those emotions aren't just limited to the parents and students.
"Last first day of school. It's kind of bittersweet," said Charlotte Oliver.
Oliver remembered entering the education field more than 30 years ago. Now, she's retiring and bringing years of memories along with her.
"Kind of wondering what I'll do next year," said Oliver.
While she's thinking of next year, many parents here are focused on the huge milestone their child is reaching.
"This is just such a pivotal step in a child's life," said new principal, Dr. Jan Hansen.
She knows how exciting the day can be. But, she also knows that it can be stressful. That's why she wanted to make something clear at orientation a few days before school started.
"And I did explain to parents that the worst part about the first day of Kindergarten is the parents' anxiety of letting go of their children," said Hansen.
Maybe that's the reason that some of the parents were able to keep their cool more than they thought they would.
"It went better than I expected," said mom, Annie Kennedy.
Kennedy spent her elementary school days roaming these halls. So she knew what to expect when her daughter started day one of Kindergarten.
"I knew she was going to be in good hands," said Kennedy.
For other moms, it's all about strategy.
"Do it quick and then go before you get massively upset about it," advised mom, Rebecca Kimbler.
While the quick drop off may work for some, one couple wanted to make sure that every moment was captured.
"We're pretty excited and a little nervous for her," said Courtney Allen about her daughter, Emily.
Courtney and her husband, Wesley, said they can't believe this day has come, but they know their daughter will be just fine. The thought of the future has them excited to see what Emily's first year in school will bring.
"Just thinking what she'll become, you know? It all starts right here," said Allen.