Stevie Lowery
Pictured, from left, are kindergartners Blake Wise, Clayton Greenwell, Bryant Chen and Hailey Smock. They are all students in Jamie Smothers’ class at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School. They are playing a speech/vocabulary game.
The early learner

When a child is born, the last thing on parents’ minds is their baby’s first day of school.
In fact, many parents try not to think about it because it’s a sign that their baby boy or girl is growing up.
But, preparing for that day is crucial to a child’s development, and the Marion County Public School System is making some changes and trying some new initiatives to try and reach children long before they walk into school on their first day.