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All in all, it was a great success, no chaperones were injured, we made one hell of a killing selling raffle tickets and I came home with ringing ears and a dizzy head. In addition to that, after chaperoning this event and through other school involvement, I am starting to recognize, and know by name, many parents of kids Big E is not friends with AND I am starting to recognize several kids who are not in my son's classes, which is quite an accomplishment when there are 850 kids to get to "know."
**This makes it sound like I live in a rather large suburb, but I don't. My quiet little burb has about 30,000 people. About 11,000 kids attend the school district. Our schools, however, do not have small feeder schools that feed into larger schools as the kids get older. We have a campus of school buildings. Basically, when you start kindergarten, you start in an Early Childhood Education building with preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade. ALL kindergarteners in the district start together at that school and they move through their entire education with their entire graduating class. This is much different than when I grew up and much different than when we lived in Overland Park, KS, which had a population of 150,000 but feeder schools. My kids elementary school there was preschool-5th grade and had a total student population of 450 kids! Our school district works well, though, and we are currently ranked 4th in the state for quality of education.