Aug 292018

MLT Principal Tricia Lasto welcomes a student on the first day of school.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, marked the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Parents lined the sidewalk in front of each school waiting anxiously for the school buses to arrive.

Teachers came out to greet the students and the principals at each school went up and warmly welcomed the kids as they stepped off each bus.

Out of respect for the new safety protocols, you may notice that Orange Live isn’t publishing any photos of recognizable children without permission. Heart-wrenching pictures of nervous children crying are withheld and backpacks with children’s names on them have been cropped out, but tearful parents and grandparents, well, they are a different story.

Peck Place Principal, Eric Carbone greets students as they arrive on Wednesday.

At the Kindergarten, the parent paparazzi gallery is always the main focus — they are so animated and delightful.

Unlike back-to-school photo spreads from 20 years ago, this photo array is a sign of the times when responsible media does what it can to protect our precious children. NOTE: One resident submitted photos of her grandson and gave permission to publish them.

Parents, you will know which photos contain images of your kindergarten and elementary school children, from the socks and shoes he or she wore, backpacks, hair bows, etc. The Middle School and High School photos were published in public forums by those schools.

Students at Amity High School were greeted by well-known alum Connor Deane, of the Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield and Broadway actor Julian Decker “Sunset Boulevard,” who spoke to them about “being the change” which is this year’s theme at Amity. It comes from the quote “Be the Change You Want to See in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome back to school. Have a great year everyone.



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