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First day of Kindergarten sees young Baie Verte boy make lunch boo-boo

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police operated out of the Islaview detachment on Friday.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police operated out of the Islaview detachment on Friday.

BAIE VERTE, NL — Little Ryan Payne excitedly headed off for school last week – his first day of Kindergarten at Copper Ridge Academy. So, he would have to be forgiven if everything did not quite go as planned.  

Ryan Payne

With Ryan still just four years of age, his mother Tracey is a little apprehensive about the young Baie Verte boy being away at school for a full day — mainly because she admits he is a sprightly character. Still maybe a little immature for a full-time school kid, she wonders what innocent mischievousness might lie ahead.

It didn’t take long to find out what the first erroneous adventure entailed.

Payne got up early to prepare breakfast for her two boys, including Noah, an 11-year-old veteran of the school system. Joined by his cousin Liam Eveleigh in his first year of Kindergarten, Ryan was as jovial as could be heading for his first day.

Taking the bus was, and still has been in the days since, the most exciting part of his school experience. That first day, the excitement was evident to his mother.

Off he went, book bag in tow and his lunch of sandwiches awaiting the big break halfway through his first day of school.

Copper Ridge Academy students Nathan and Cameron Clance and their neighbor Thomas Rice, right, were eager to get to school for their first day last week. They had their bags all ready to go and waited patiently for the bus.

Payne took advantage of the occasion to make a hair appointment — one that would soon be interrupted by a text from the Kindergarten teacher wondering if mom would be able to bring Ryan another sandwich. He ate his other one at recess, not saving anything for lunch.

Payne said the teacher asked the young boy why he ate his entire lunch at recess. His innocent response: “I just love sandwiches.”

With a call to his grandma, the lunch catastrophe was avoided.

Payne found the situation amusing, and posted it on Facebook. She thought it was strange because Ryan is typically not a big eater.

This little lady, Rebecca Small, was all smiles and anxious for her first day of Grade 2 last week. Her mom had her hair all braided, school and lunch bags packed, and was outside taking some back-to-school photos.

Minus the lunch near-catastrophe, Payne said Ryan enjoyed his first day of school. He loved the bus ride — sitting in the big boy seats. He talked about the playground at school and hanging out with his cousin Liam. Spotting his brother Noah in the school hallway was also a big treat.

With the school lunch lesson learned, Day 2 went without a hitch in the recess and lunch departments.

Payne seems well prepared to deal with whatever the next mysterious text from the teacher might entail.

“Oh, he’s certainly a ball of energy,” she said. “That’s for sure.”

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