Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 20, 1974 · Page 8
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Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas · Page 8

Hope, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 20, 1974
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Page Eight HOPfc (MiK.) STAR Tuesday, August 20, 10?4 Every parent knows the feeling One first-grader on his very first day of school THIS YOUNG MAN must look perfect for his first day of school. Mrs. Wayne Shaw smoothes down her son Steve's hair, shortly before leaving him at his first-grade class room. By CONNIE HENDRK Star Features Editor A child's first day of school- is ther any experience more wrenching for a parent? All go through it, and all alternately dread and anticipate that first big step for their child. Whether it be their first or last, each cannot help remembering that their "baby" is now preparing for the day he or she will eventually leave the nest. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Shaw of 1016 W. 15th are no exception. Yesterday, their youngest child Steve, entered Garland School as a properly-fledged first- grader. Steve, who recently renounced his old Stevie as a "baby" name, turned six on March 4 of this year and counts himself as quite the young man. In fact, among all the bustle at the Shaw household for that big morning, Steve seemed to be the calmest member. After all, he was only going to school. The only thing which did bother the small tyke was who his teacher would be. According to Mrs. Shaw, Steve took the idea of school right in stride. In fact, he seemed to view his "big" step as a logical conclusion from his two years at kindergarten. Certainly, the young man downing his corn flakes seemed anything but nervous. He had already carefully selected his attire for the morning: brown slacks, a football sweater with his name on the jersey, and brown loafers. The perfect wardrobe for school. His hair was brushed, and he already had a brand-new pencil, courtesy of his kindergarten teacher. The only thing left was the short drive to his new destination. Steve hopped into the back seat as though everything was normal. It was his mother, who like mothers everywhere, knew the ride would change everything in her son's life. He was growing up. —Hope (Ark.) Star photos by Connie Hendrix WITH A PENCIL and an eraser, Steve is ready for anything during registration at Garland School. Steve's later accounts of his day included "counting from one to five." THE MOMENT HAS finally arrived for Young Shaw to take his first step toward adulthood. His mother's expression mirrors her feelings toward the moment. THE PENCIL MAY absorb young Shaw at this moment, but his pride and joy is the aquarium in the background. ,i\V MRS. SHAW CHECKS over some last minute details with Steve's teacher, (right) Mrs. Nancy (Martindale) Tolleson. THE SMILE ON Steve's face shows the results of a successful day. An older buddy, Chuck Mitchell (right) gives Steye some tips on how to survive the school grind.

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