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Seaman's early learning center welcomes students for first time

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - A new school year means new school supplies, maybe new shoes and for some of Topeka's tiniest learners, nearly everything is new including their school. 

Seaman's new pre-school, Mathes Early Learning Center, opened for the first day of classes on Monday. 

Mathes principal Shanna McKenzie said the school houses more than 250 students between 2 and-a-half and 5 years old. 

The kids go to class for half-days either in the morning or in the afternoon. 

Sonya Murray's 4-year-old daughter was among the new students. She said her daughter was excited to start school. 

"She wants to be a big kid," said Murray. "She's excited to learn, she wants to use crayons, she wants to color, she wants to have friends."

Principal Shanna McKenzie said that she wants the school to support students and their families. 

"It's really a school for the whole family," said McKenzie. "Our kids go home everyday and if we're not making sure the home is just as rich of an environment as the school is then we're not doing our job."

Among those working with students at the school is Marrisa Baker, an Early Learning Special Education teacher. 

"[The students] are just so fun and it's just so fun to see them learn so much," said Baker. "At this age, they're just like little sponges and they soak it all up."

McKenzie said her goal is to make sure students have a positive experience in the new environment. 

"Every day I want students to leave here happy and excited about learning," said McKenzie. "I want my staff to leave here happy and excited about teaching."

You can view the school's website here


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