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First day of school in Hillsborough County approaches

The first day of school for Hillsborough County public schools is, Aug. 19, which is weeks earlier than many other school districts across the country, which wait until after Labor Day to open their doors.

That’s nothing new for students and adults here in the tropics, who nevertheless don’t mind taking the heat for answering the age-old question about summer break, which we asked July 27 at the Campo Family YMCA in Valrico, at the 12th Annual Back to School Festival hosted by the Valrico/Fishhawk Chamber of Commerce:

“Do you believe summer vacation is too short?”

Adrianna Vasquez

“No, I don’t, actually. I’m looking forward to school starting. My son goes to Brooker Elementary School and I’m very involved in the school. My son gets to go back and see all his wonderful friends and teachers. (On summer break), it’s a (school) family that we miss.” — Adrianna Vasquez, Brandon resident and small-business owner, My Fairytale Forest, in Lutz

Theresa Hickie

“I think the kids are ready to go back. I’ve been around them at BSAC and I think they’re ready to go back. They’re starting to get antsy. They keep saying, ‘We’re bored.’ They don’t know what to do with their down time, and we keep them busy!” — Theresa Hickie, aquatics director at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center (BSAC) in Brandon

Skyler Dina

“In my opinion, no (summer vacation is not too short), because I want to go learn more and not be a lazy bum.” — Skyler Dina, 10, incoming fifth-grader, Sessums Elementary School

Brothers Logan and Taylor Petrock

“Summer’s too fast because last year, it was 99 days and this year it’s only 74.” — Logan Petrock, 6, incoming second-grader, Essrig Elementary School

“Summer for me has been going a lot faster this year because I’ve had a lot of events going on.” — Taylor Petrock, 9, incoming fourth-grader, Essrig Elementary School

Danielle Jenkins

“My summer’s kind of boring. I’ll be glad to go back to school. New people, new classes. I’m taking driver’s ed and forensics and I’m going to try to play sports this year.” — Danielle Jenkins, 16, Armwood High School

Sarah Dunsmore

“If you think about it, education-wise, you need most of the year to learn about new things, to help in life. You can always take vacations on Memorial Day and all the other holidays. Summer is a nice break but it’s time to get learning again.” — Sarah Dunsmore, incoming sixth-grader, Progress Village Middle Magnet School

Britni Davis and Autumn Davis

“No (summer vacation isn’t too short), because you don’t get to forget all the stuff that you learned from last year. You need to go back to school to learn more.” — Britni Davis, incoming sixth-grader, Burns Middle School

“I’m ready to go back to school because it’s just been a very long summer, because I’ve been going to summer camp.” — Autumn Davis, incoming fourth-grader, Cimino Elementary School

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