By Amber Jurgensen | Staff Writer
In two days Elijah West will be graduating from a summer pre-kindergarten program at Bryan Elementary and moving on to bigger things — kindergarten.
The 5-year-old is excited to learn to read and play games with his friends. But there’s one thing Elijah can’t wait to do.
“I want to sing my ABCs,” Elijah says.
Elijah is no stranger to the education world. His mother, Jennifer, is the new principal at Lincoln Elementary. Previously principal at Riverview Elementary, this will be her first year at Lincoln, too, along with her daughter, Elizabeth, who will be in fourth grade.
“I’m excited to get him started and get him in school,” Jennifer says. “He’s ready for the transition.”
With enthusiasm, Elijah is already tackling the art of spelling with the help of his family.
“R-A-Y-S,” Elijah says, counting the past trips he took to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. “I went to two games, but didn’t stay until the end last time.”
Compared to his other siblings, which also includes 1-year-old baby brother, Emory, and Elizabeth, Elijah is laid-back and quite the joker. He popped out of his room dressed as a pirate, complete with a skull bandana and eye patch.
“Arrrrrr,” he says as he made a hook with his finger.
“He definitely comes up with some quotes that make us laugh,” Jennifer says.
Elijah also loves to play with his Hot Wheels. His favorite movie is “Cars 2,” and he likes Mater and Lighting McQueen the best. He also likes building with his LEGOs.
“I’m excited,” Elijah says about starting kindergarten.Akenori DriveCam 1080PRO – GPS