Stories from Graco Families’ First Day of Kindergarten

Here at Graco, many of us celebrated the first day of Kindergarten in Atlanta last week. Below are some of our cute, funny and maybe a little scary stories about their first week of school. We’d love to hear your stories too – leave us a comment or e-mail them to!

minnie-cropShawn Byrne, Director, Supply Chain: My daughter, “Minnie” cracked us up during her first week of kindergarten. One morning, she insisted she was “sick” and didn’t want to go to school. (Her big sister stayed home the Friday before with Strep throat, so she must have thought she’d have an easy out!) We knew she was fine, just tired, and her mom lined up with her to get on the bus.

As the bus arrived, Minnie yelled out, “I’m sick and I’m not going!” ran into the house, and locked the door with my poor wife stuck outside. My wife went to the side door, and Minnie had even thought to lock that too! Luckily, my wife had a spare key and was able to get in without a problem.

I talked to Minnie that night after a successful day, and she claimed that it wasn’t that she didn’t like school, she just didn’t want to get any of the other kids sick :) .

Moral of the story? Always carry an extra key!

buddy-1st-daylAmanda Martin, Marketing Product Administrator:I saw “Buddy” in a whole new light as he started kindergarten this year.

There was real big-kid excitement and wonder as we waited at the bus stop on the first day, his back pack almost as big as he was. We had planned to take him to school, but he just couldn’t contain himself as the bus came down the hill so we let him go.

All day, my husband and I looked forward to Buddy’s stories. At 3:00 we were waiting, with camera in hand, to get those must-have shots of him getting off the bus. We waited and waited, but Buddy was not there. As I’m sure you can imagine we absolutely panicked.

My husband dialed the school in a hurry while I drove us, hoping and praying Buddy would be there. Luckily as we arrived, the teacher eased our fears by letting us know she was on the phone with a neighbor who was safeguarding our son. (WHEW!) Buddy had gotten off the bus at the wrong stop. When we picked him up, he was so patient and calm–not a tear in his eye (I’m not sure I could say the same for us though!) My baby really has grown up. You know how things don’t turn out the way you plan no matter what you do? That was our first day of kindergarten last week.


Karen Hartzell, Senior Demand Planner:

Baby was very excited to start school. She popped out of bed in the AM to brush her teeth and get dressed in her brand new uniform. We sang songs on the way and she was happy as a clam. No sooner did we get to breakfast at school and the tears started.

There were tears because she didn’t want to eat cereal, tears that she wanted to eat cereal, tears for not having a red backpack, tears for not wanting to sit on the mat for circle time. OMY! There were so many tears! Where did my happy Baby from this morning go?!

Finally, her new teacher came over to us, put her arm around Baby, and walked her over to the mat to join the other smiling cherubs all happy to be at school for the first day. I silently turned and walked out of the room, left my teary sweet Baby in the teacher’s good hands and didn’t look back. I came home to find Baby had enjoyed her first day immensely. The tears were a distant memory and she excitedly told me all about playing on the tire swing outside. All is right in my Baby’s world again and mornings since have been tear free. Who can ask for more?


Michael Stark, Director of Finance: My daughter, “Bella,” started kindergarten this year, and one of the biggest things she was afraid of during the first week was the bus.

She’s the last stop to get picked up in the morning, which is great because she goes right to school. Unfortunately that also means she is the last one to get dropped off in the afternoon. I talked to her on her first day, and she said that every time the bus stopped, she would stand up and see if Mommy was there waiting for her! I can just picture her trying to see over the giant seat.

After a few tries though, she’s become a pro. At the end of the week, I asked her what her favorite part of school was, and guess what she said? Yup, the bus!    


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8 Responses to “Stories from Graco Families’ First Day of Kindergarten”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? August 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    What great stories!

    My son started kindergarten this year too and there was no stopping him. I tried to talk him out of riding the bus but he insisted, I asked him if he wanted to “take a day off” one day and he said “mommy, I can’t.”

  2. Lisa@Pampers August 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    Loved reading these stories! My youngest (of 3!) started kindergarten a couple weeks ago here in Cincy/Northern KY. Things went very smoothly for him and he’s loved every second of it! MOM’s the one that had the hard time! :-) Working part time these past few years had allowed me to spend alot of quality time with him on my 2 days off each week. I miss him terribly but am ever so grateful that he’s adjusted so well!!

  3. Karen Hartzell, Graco August 31, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    It’s so fun to see some non-blogger employees kids posted. Glad even the stressful first days ended well. :-)

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