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Parents were busy dropping their children off at Rodburn Elementary Wednesday for the school's first day back in session since summer break.

    More than 600 Rowan County public school teachers and staff, with the help of community supporters, gathered at the Morehead Conference Center Wednesday for the Rowan County school appreciation breakfast kicking off the 2012-2013 school year.

    Morehead businesses and agencies provided creative table decorations and gifts of appreciation in support of the teachers and staff who are involved in the education of children in Rowan County.

    Supt. Marvin Moore welcomed the group and thanked the many community members and businesses who support the public schools.

    “I am amazed each year and cannot say enough to thank those who support this event,” he stated.

     “Those in this room today are in charge of our most valuable resource in this country – our children,” said House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook. “Having this kind of community support is invaluable.”

    Members of the high school and middle school bands, middle school girls basketball team, Lady Viking volleyball and soccer teams, and the Viking football and soccer teams have been working for a month to get ready for the fall sports season.

    Teachers and staff at all Rowan County schools have been preparing their rooms and offices as well as attending professional development sessions in the weeks prior to opening day. Bus drivers have been preparing with driving and safety classes.

    “Everyone has settled in well,” said RCMS Principal Jay Padula Thursday. “There were a few locker issues with some of the sixth graders but that is to be expected. I am proud to say my eighth graders, without prompting, assisted many of the younger and new students who appeared lost or felt out of place. I am proud of the character they displayed and feel that it is a reflection of our students in the Rowan County schools.”

    State and city police urge all drivers to keep an eye out for students and buses as well as being aware in school zones.