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Bruin Day Kicks Off School Year
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Right, Melissa Werner, a parent that helps with one on one aid was managing the lock distribution table for freshman students. - photo by VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


School starts today, Wednesday, Aug. 7 for students in the Riverbank Unified School District. Prior to the start of school, Round Ups were hosted on the various campuses to help get students and parents prepared.

Cardozo Middle School had its round up on Wednesday, July 31 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

Parents for sixth grade students were also invited to an Orientation meeting on Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Middle school students were given their class schedules and PE clothes.

Riverbank High School had Bruin Day on Friday, Aug. 2 for incoming freshmen, in addition to returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The high school was filled with students mingling with each other and waiting in different lines to get their class schedules, locks for their lockers and other start-of-school necessities.

The line for pictures was extremely long, so with only two picture taking stations the students and parents had no other choice but to wait it out.

The JV Volleyball coach Lina Quintanar had the girls from the team out in full force having a car wash fundraiser for the Riverbank Volleyball team at $5 a ticket.

The athletic boosters had a booth with information and sign-ups for new members that Vice President Kimi Jennings and member Hilda Montoya were manning.

Yearbook advisor and Spanish teacher, Pete Perkins had yearbooks for sale and across the way was the spot the students were able to purchase PE clothes.

The tables set up with the locks for the student’s lockers had a steady flow of students and among those helping to issue the locks was the ASB President, Eddie Guardado.

Junior Kory Gilbert had the only club table set up at the Round Up for the Key Club, which is a Kiwanis International high school program. The club is led by students and helps the members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

The school was brought back to life with all the students milling about during Bruin Day, but will be even more active today on the first day of school as the new school year begins.