By Molly Seales
Excitement was in the air Thursday evening as faculty, staff, parents, and students gathered at Riverdale Academy for the annual Back to School Ice Cream Social. We have many new families this year, and our enrollment is nearing 200. We have several new faculty and staff members. Our preschool class gained a much-needed helper, Mrs. Alicia Bierden. Our cafeteria is under new management, led by Mrs. Kym Dabbs. We are also very excited about our new first grade teacher, Mrs. Lauren Wiggins. The Yearbook Staff has a new sponsor, Mrs. Joni Riggs. She is not new to Riverdale, but she is new to this position, and we know she will do a great job!
At the ice cream social, the 2021-2022 Riverdale cheerleaders were on campus to direct new families to their classrooms and other places they needed to see. Athletic stations were set up in the gym where you could sign up for Rebel Club, Mini-Cheer, and Pee-Wee Football. Athletic Director Coach Ty Hester was on hand to answer questions about high school athletics and pass out plaques from last year’s sports teams. Principal Danny Rester was walking around campus visiting with new and returning families.
Teachers were in their classrooms meeting and greeting parents and students. The teachers all seem very prepared and excited about the upcoming school year. New students were welcomed by current Riverdale students. Counselor Ms. Sidney Jones was available to answer any questions parents had about high school schedule and dual enrollment.
I caught up with two very important people on campus to get their thoughts on the upcoming year. Mrs. Stacey Greer’s official title is secretary, but she is so much more. She is the glue that holds everything together and fills roles such as school mom, nurse, counselor, tutor, and anything else we need. She said, “We are very excited to see all of the new faces this year. We have recently welcomed several new faces to our Rebel family, and I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know each one of them! I am also excited to see all of our returning families, and I am looking forward to an exciting, busy, fun, and rewarding year.” Principal Danny Rester, who began his 25th year as an educator and 9th year as an administrator, had some of the same thoughts. He said, “I have been blessed to work with many excellent teachers and principals at some terrific schools through the years. However, I can honestly say that I have never been so excited to start a new school year! God is blessing, and Riverdale Academy is growing.”
This year our homecoming will have an extra special meaning as it is combined with Riverdale’s 50th year celebration. Homecoming festivities and the 50-year reunion will be held on Friday, September 10. We will have more information closer to the event. Our 6th Annual Rebel Fest will be held on Saturday, October 9th. Raffle tickets are currently available from any Riverdale student or the school office. A $100 tax deductible donation gives you a chance to win one of three great prizes: a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, a 4 night, 2 bedroom cabin at Swaha Lodge on Lake Greeson (barge rental included,) and the grand prize, $10,000 cash!
Football season kicks off this Friday night, August 13, as your Rebels take on the Central Pioneers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Marston Stadium in East Point. We look forward to seeing all of our fans! Go Rebels!
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