Today is our last full day of school before break. Tomorrow our kids will board the buses and head to their respective schools for one hour before making the return trip home and to summer freedom.
That’s right. They’ll be at school for a whole hour and that’s it. I’m not sure what they do for 60 minutes other than pick up their report cards and (at the elementary schools) drop off teacher gifts. It’s always struck me as a weird schedule, one hardly worth blasting the kids out of bed or running the buses.
This super-short last day of school is long-standing tradition in our school district, but next year, it’s going to change. Both the first and last days of the 2013-14 school year are now required to be full-length days.
So the parents who gather at my kids’ bus stop wanted to go out with a bang. We’ve decided to spend this last hour on the last day having “Breakfast at the Bus Stop.”
It started small. Just four of us, planning to bring breakfast bites like cinnamon rolls and muffins, orange juice and coffee. Then we started inviting the parents from the other bus stops to swing by. Then I may have mentioned our plans to folks on the other side of the busy road — the ones whose kids walk to school — and told them to come on over. And bring their lawn chairs.
I have no idea how many people might show up, but I hope everyone can make it. I’m also toying with the idea of asking my husband (who has the day off work tomorrow) to grill sausages and bacon, but then I thought I might be getting a little out of control. Does bacon put us over the edge?
Nah, I’m sure it’ll be fine. Everything’s better with bacon. After all, it’s just an hour.
When’s your kids’ last day of school and do you have any traditions to celebrate it? One of my friends blasts her kids with water balloons and squirt guns as they get off the bus for the final time each year. They absolutely love it. She’s done it every year, and now her oldest is graduating 8th grade. Unbelievable how quickly it goes.