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Trinity Episcopal celebrates start of school year (Video)

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 25, 2013 at 3:25 a.m.


For some students, the beginning of the school year means the return of homework, rules to follow and other onerous obligations.

For some students at Trinity Episcopal School in Victoria, it means dancing in language arts class or running around the gym at top speed or playing a game on an iPad.

Fall classes at Trinity began Aug. 14, and teacher Piper Harrison is excited for the coming year.

"We've got a great group of kids," she said. "We've worked really hard to get our room ready."

The students in Harrison's afternoon class, 10 3-year-olds in collared white and green uniform shirts, aren't shouting or running every which way like one might expect toddlers to do.

Instead, they're sitting at tables wearing large headphones, transfixed by an interactive activity on iPads. Every so often, a student will look up to ask for help from Harrison or her teaching aide, Paula Zappe, but for the most part, the room is completely calm.

In the gym, Athletic Director Renee Stroman has several dozen middle schoolers, all wearing PE uniforms with "Trinity" emblazoned across the front, engaged in a variety of physical activities.

Some of these include chin-ups, jumping jacks and even "fun pushups," in which two students face each other in plank position and exchange high-fives and handshakes. After Stroman gives the students instructions, they respond with a resounding "Yes, coach."

For the 244 students and 40 faculty and staff at Trinity, there's no telling what the rest of the year will bring. To hear it from some of them, though - like Harrison - they're off to a pretty good start.

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