Bittersweet thoughts on end of summer |

Bittersweet thoughts on end of summer

On Sunday, local schoolchildren were found enjoying their last days of freedom, riding rides at the county fair, eating large amounts of sugar and hanging out with friends with no parents in sight.

With school starting Wednesday, some bemoaned the homework and loss of sleep while others expressed genuine excitement to see old friends again.

“I’m happy it’s starting because I want to see all my friends again. But I’m not looking forward to the homework,” said Carl Fuhrman, 18, who will be a senior at Nevada Union High School.

He sat beneath the bleachers at the Junior Livestock Auction with his 4-H friends Rachael Perry, 14, and Joseph McCormack, 14.

Perry enters her freshman year of college preparatory classes, part of the Ghidotti program offered at Sierra College.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Perry said, who wants to get college credits out of the way so she can become a veterinarian when she grows up.

Savanna Dreher, 10, walking with her cousin from Chico, said she was excited to go back to Deer Creek School to see her best friend who was in Florida for the summer.

“I’m also a little bit disappointed because when school starts, I can’t sleep in,” she said.

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