End of holiday countdown to classes nears

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 3, 2005

School, school, go away. Please don't make us go back again on Monday.

Even with the slight drizzle this weekend, it’s likely most area students weren’t wishing the rain away, but they were hoping to get a reprieve from the approaching academic term.

In Ironton, Jacob Brown, 11, and his friend Jimmy Hanshaw, 14, were making the most of the warm weather Saturday afternoon. They took to the streets with a racecar and a Cadillac Escalade — at least the remote control versions — to drive away their back-to-school blues.

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So, has it been fun being off from school, getting to spend every waking moment playing video games, basketball and &uot;warring&uot; with remote-controlled cars?

&uot;Yeah! Of course!&uot; the boys chimed in unison.

While they both love their electronics, they share a passionate distaste for the old schoolhouse grind.

&uot;Oh, I hate it,&uot; sixth-grader Jacob said.

So what exactly does he hate?

&uot;Everything,&uot; Jacob said with enthusiasm. &uot;Well, I don’t hate my classmates, but I hate math.&uot;

Surprisingly, sleeping in isn’t appealing to Jacob, however.

&uot;I get up every morning at seven. I don't like to sleep in during break because there’s too much to do,” he said.

There was plenty to do in Chesapeake over the weekend as well. The Spencer brothers, P.J., 8, and Travis, 6, were hanging out at Sky Lake and reeling in some big trout with their family.

P.J. had something in common with Ironton counterpart Jacob.

&uot;I hate school; it’s dumb,&uot; third-grader P.J. said as he put some Spark Nibble bait on his hook.

Fishing is far more productive in P.J.’s opinion, although it does provide the same incentive as his favorite school subject - lunch.

&uot;You can eat ’em and you can catch ’em,&uot; he said.

P.J. and his brother had only caught one fish at that point but both said they were optimistic about improving their haul. Even if not successful, the boys have made the most of their break by fitting in as much fun as possible.

While they definitely share an interest in fishing, Travis differed from his older brother on one key point.

&uot;I like school,&uot; he said, smiling sheepishly.

Travis doesn’t have long to wait: Area schools return to class Monday. For the other boys, they will have to wait about six months for summer vacation.