Paddling the dragon boat

Christina Glauner paddles near the front of the dragon boat during a trial run on June 26 at Creve Coeur Lake in Creve Coeur, Mo. Glauner and a handful of other paddlers first came up with the idea to race the Missouri River 340 in a dragon boat during the safety meeting of the 2009 race.

First day at Lange

Avrian Moreno, left, and Jessica Gomez walk Gomez’ younger sister Rocio Gomez to Lange Middle School for the first day of school on Aug. Laurie Milburn, a sixth grade math teacher at Lange, greeted families and students as they arrived.

Walking to Derby Ridge

Samantha Baker forms a train as she holds hands with her son Joshua Fitzmorris, 5, and daughter McKenzie Baker Aug. 19 on their way to Derby Ridge Elementary School. Baker said her son, who is entering Kindergarten, was excited for his first day of school.

Missouri cornerback Carl Gettis at practice

The Tigers return their top five defensive backs from 2009, including Carl Gettis, who is entering his fourth season as a starter.

Welcome Back 2010 e-book cover

The cover of the e-book edition of the Welcome Back 2010 special section of the Missourian.

MU running backs Marcus Murphy and Henry Josey

Missouri freshmen running backs Marcus Murphy, left, and Henry Josey have formed a close friendship since they started playing for the Tigers.

FIve-year-old high-fives crossing guard

Skyler Roberts, 5, high-fives crossing guard Ralph Bowers as he crosses the street with Cassie Sapp and Zach Green at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. The first day of school began Bowers' 14th year as a crossing guard.

Waiting for the bus

On Thursday, West Boulevard Elementary School students, from left, kindergartener Anisia Hernandez, 5, fourth-grader Blessing Oliver, 9, preschooler Isaiah Oliver, 5, and first-grader Messiah Oliver, 6, watch as their bus pulls up on Worley Street on the first day of school.

First day of school

Lainey Reeves, 5, embraces her uncle Chip Miller after disembarking from the school bus on Thursday at Russell Boulevard Elementary. It was Lainey's first day of school.

Raising the flag

Evan Drane, 10, clips the flag to the flagpole before raising it while Cora Siewart, 5, and Catherine Siewart assist him and wait for photos at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. Many parents brought their students to school early to document their first day.

Getting off the bus

Assistant Principal Tami Ensor ushers kids off the school bus at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. School staff were on hand early to help guide students to classrooms on their first day.

First-grade teachers at Shepard share laughs

Holly Snyder shares a laugh with fellow first-grade teachers Janine Taylor, Jessica Bach and Ann Cardetti during a meeting in Shepard Elementary on Wednesday. The first-grade teachers were meeting to plan ahead of the first day of school.

Shepard third-grade teachers plan curriculum

Hannah Hassemer helps plan the year with fellow third-grade teachers during a meeting at Shepard Elementary School on Wednesday. The teachers were spending the day planning for the next day, which would be the first school day of the year.

Stephens College orientation leaders generate game ideas

Sam Schwartzman and Ricardo Rique-Sanchez exchange ideas during a planning meeting for Stephens College orientation student leaders inside of Stamper Commons on Wednesday. The student leaders were brainstorming ideas for icebreaker games to put new students at ease in their first days on campus.

Columbia College orientation leaders build rapport

Austin Miller shares a laugh with his fellow Columbia College orientation leaders during a team building game inside of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons on Columbia College's main campus on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Miller and his peers were working to build communication between themselves before student orientation began.

Kim Coke facilitates Columbia College team building exercise

Kim Coke, director of Student Development at Columbia College, explains what orientation will be like to the group of student orientation leaders during a team building exercise inside of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons on Columbia College's main campus on Tuesday, Aug. 10. The eight students and Coke will be on hand during orientation to answer questions and help lead new students to success at Columbia College.

Blaine Gabbert at Missouri football practice

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert breaks downfield on a run during practice Wednesday morning at Faurot Field.

Warm greetings

Hayden Chaney, 2, gets acquainted with Ocean. Hayden and her mother stopped to play with the cats while waiting on a German Shepherd adoption.

Exploring the new facility

Snow White stands protected behind Brandi Beuthien's legs. Beuthien allows the cats to roam the room if they've been on good behavior.

Walking the hallways

Casie Farmer brings Marty and Goldie back from the outdoor dog run. The renovations to the shelter replaced chain link cages with glass-front pens.