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Summer vacation? Not for many teachers in Gainesville, Hall
Educators willingly give up part of break to get ready for the new year
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Blanca Solis, a custodian at Spout Springs Elementary School, walks among stacked furniture to clean empty classrooms Thursday in preparation for the start of the upcoming school year in Flowery Branch. Furniture is moved out of every classroom for standard cleaning, which leaves the furniture wherever there is room. The teachers will return when the rooms are clean to organize their classrooms for the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 7. - photo by David Barnes
Early one Monday morning this summer, Ronda Larned was working in her classroom at the new Mundy Mill Academy when Principal Crystal Brown walked in to say hello. Larned’s kindergarten classroom was almost completely set up for the school year with handmade curtains and decorations that matched the pirate theme she plans to use in her 28th year as a teacher in Gainesville City School System. Larned talked with pride as she told the principal about her plans for the year and all the things she wants to accomplish before the school year begins.