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Kindergarten Calls for First Step

Adrienne Tober’s son is about to take a big step in life. Five-year-old Jet is entering kindergarten on Sept. 1. To ease the minds of both, and others just like them, Coleytown Elementary hosted a get-together last night on the school’s playground.

The PTA-sponsored the event, which allowed the Tober's, who are new to Westport, the perfect opportunity to become more familiar with the town and the school. "We came so we can get to know more people. This way, on the first day, he'll have some familiar faces and be in a familiar place," said Tober, who moved to Westport with her husband and son about two months ago from Miami. "It's so simple, and it's a great idea."

Tober said she has mixed emotions about her baby going off to school. "He's ready, he's excited, so it makes me excited too. But it's going to be sad too, especially when he gets on the bus," Tober said. "I'll probably cry."

Taking a time-out from playing with the other children, Jet said he's excited to start school, make new friends, and meet his teachers. At the same time, though, he said he has "butterflies" in his stomach.

Like Tober, mother of three Rachel Carusone brought her 5-year-old son Gino to the playground with hopes he'll make a friend or two. "This will really help warm him up to kindergarten," Carusone said.

And to Carusone's delight, the get-together proved to be a success. "I made a bunch of new friends," Gino said with a big smile as he ran to meet up with his mom.

Parents Vincent DellaValle and Carrie Howard said they, and their 5-year-old daughter Abby, are ready for the big day. "I feel very confident in our daughter," DellaValle said. "We're excited about it; we think she's prepared for it."

DellaValle, who works in advertising sales at CBS, said he's looking forward to Abby's first day so much, he's taking off from work. "I want to be there when she gets on the bus and when she gets off the bus," he said. "I wouldn't miss it for the world."

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