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Kishwaukee closes, leaves Belvidere student with hard transition


As if adjusting to a new grade isn't enough, many Belvidere area students have to get used to a new school this year.

We told you back in March when the school board decided to close Kishwaukee Elementary. Now the school's former students prepare for new beginnings.

"What do you think you're most nervous about?"  That's the question I asked Abby Houk.  She would have been a 5th grader at Kishwaukee.  Now she's moving to Seth Whitman.

"Probably because not a lot of my friends will go to there," she said.

The Belvidere School District shut Kishwaukee School down to help with money problems.

Abby is shy.  She and her family are a little worried about the adjustment.

"If I'm not gonna like, know a lot of the teachers and a lot of the kids there," said Abby.

While many children don't give school a thought during summer, the change prompted a lot of discussion for Abby's family.

"We've definitely done a lot of talking and thinking about it," said Holly Houk, Abby's mother.  "It's going to be harder at a big school.  We're going to miss that and you know, she's going to miss her friends."

And while Abby's mom is concerned about how her daughter will fit in, she's also encouraged by her new school's reputation.

"From what I've seen I think it's going to be great, I hear the principal there is really great so I'm hoping it's going to be as good an experience as we had at Kishwaukee."

The first day back to school for Belvidere School District students is August 14th.

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