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MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S Lee s Summit Rd
Independence, Mo 64055. C 3 0000 1 31 67845
Table of Contents
Today is new. lt is very much like any other
late summer morning, warm and almost-fall. But
just below this surface of the ordinary, a pulse of
expectancy begins to vibrate. Today is different.
Up on the hill, sunrise outlines Paseo's tower,
just as it has during the past summer months. But
today, something is different-and expectant.
As the windows ofthe tower look down toward
the walk below, they reflect the familiar image of
gathering students. Students who assemble in
small groups and crowds. Anxious, excited, eager
students not quite ready yet to give up vacation
They come from different neighborhoods,
range widely in age, and have skins of different
colors. Yet, when once they enter the school, they
will be united into one group with a common force
holding them together. They will be Pirates.
Gradually, the scattered groups melt into
hundreds of expectant people. Time is getting
close. Soon the swimming pools, the lakes, the
picnics, the summerjobs and the chances to sleep
late will give way to a different kind of adventure.
History, English, Spanish and math will be the
rule. Club meetings and fall play rehearsals will
occupy late afternoon hours.
Suddenly, the doors yawn open after three
months of rest, and Paseo's student body, her
Pirates, pour into the corridors. Laughing, talk-
ing, shoving, they bring the building back to life.
The tower is observing and recording still
another first day of school. lt has witnessed many
already, and knows that the coming year will bring
hard work, fun, and sometimes disappointment.
Welcome, Pirates! Welcome to a world of