Merryville students head back to school - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Merryville students head back to school

MERRYVILLE, LA (KPLC) -

While most students in Southwest Louisiana enjoyed their last few days of freedom, Merryville students headed back to the classroom Wednesday.

Merryville is one of the only schools in Southwest Louisiana on a four-day schedule, which is why they're hitting the books already.

"On the first day of school, we just want to get those jitters out and make them feel at home," said second grade teacher Patty Sibley.

Sibley said it's another school year, which means big shoes to fill.

The Louisiana Department of Education recently released graduation rates and Beauregard Parish has the highest percentage of graduating students in the state.

"There is always pressure to try and top what you did in the last year, but you just keep on keeping on and just give them what they need," she said.

Fifth grader Kirsten Bell said she's excited to learn from her teachers.

"I'm looking forward to learning like all new things that I didn't learn last year," Bell said.

Bell's dream is to become a nurse and she said she knows school is how this dream can become a reality.

"I can learn about things that I need to know to nurse people and to take care of them," she said.

Proving these teachers and student aren't thinking twice about starting school first, but focusing on the year ahead.

Merryville and Singer schools are the only in the district on a four-day schedule.

Beauregard Parish Superintendent Timothy Cooley said the communities pushed for the schedule.

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