September treat Back to school
With each step along tree-shaded Northeast Sixth Avenue early Wednesday, the last moments of summer vacation for 10-year-old Alex Beltran-Villa faded nearer to oblivion.Young Alex didn’t mind.“Yeah!” he exulted, raising both arms over his head. “Me like learning!”A moment later, the fifth-grader who’s added 3 inches to his 5-foot frame since June (tallest kid at Sacajawea Elementary School, by most accounts) reflected on the occasion a bit more earnestly.“I’m not so sad to see summer end, ’cause I like school,” Alex said, sporting a Pac-Man T-shirt and small backpack. He does enjoy the learning, besides seeing good friends again, he said. It’s not like the past two months were boring, either: There were long camping trips and swimming, plenty of family fun.“We did a lot of things, but I’d just rather have school than summer. I like it, period,” he explained.Alex was among 21,000-plus Vancouver Public Schools students who began a new year Wednesday, many with a similar sunny outlook. In the Battle Ground district, nearly 13,000 students did the same.They were the last of the nine Clark County school districts to get classes under way, a full week after many had opened their doors.