Students enjoy camaraderie of morning program |

Students enjoy camaraderie of morning program

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunFifth graders in Brenda Coronado's morning program stand in front of one of the decorations for their end of the year breakfast, Wile E. Coyote.

At Truckee Elementary School, the early birds will get the pancakes on the last day of school this year.

Students in the morning program, a group that meets from 7:30-8:50 a.m. each day before school, have created a Six Flags Marine World setting for their end-of-the-year pancake breakfast, complete with dolphins, fish and Wile E. Coyote.

“I think [the morning program] is fun because you get a full-on breakfast on the last day of school, and we get prizes,” said fifth-grader Ryan Smith.

The students have been working on the event since October, when they voted that they wanted this year’s theme to be Marine World. Since then, they have been creating the Marine World setting for their last day of school on Friday.

“Every year they pick a theme, and each year it seems to get bigger and bigger,” said Truckee Elementary Principal Cathy Valle.

The morning program, taught by Brenda Coronado, has been around for roughly 15 years. Since Truckee Elementary gets a pretty late start each school day ” 9:10 a.m. ” the morning program is an opportunity for working parents to drop their children off at school before class begins.

“It keeps them in a safe place,” Coronado said. “It’s real positive for them, and they’re already here for school.”

Coming into school early is almost a badge of honor for many of the students. They say their happy to spend the extra time at school.

During the morning program, students can play video games, watch movies, work on art projects and play games outside. This year, there are 82 students enrolled in the program, and children can drop in for the day.

For fifth-grader Ryan Schutzmann, who moved to Truckee this year from Louisiana, the morning program has been a place to make new friends.

“I get an hour with my friends before school instead of just at recess,” he said. “I like that.”

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