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Hot wheels

Whether by car, bus or bike, students and parents arrive at Paxton Keeley Elementary School for the first day of class. Many students were asked to help stock the classroom on the first day with supplies such as tissues and paper towels.

Completed forms

Sisters Rebecca Dennis, left, and Lawanda Dennis, second from right, review paperwork before their children's first day of school on Monday. Their children, Malcolm Herron, 16, second from left, and Keuna Guy, 16, right, will be entering the 11th grade at Hickman High School.

First arrival

Nick Boren, chief operations officer for Columbia Public Schools, helps to greet students as they arrive for their first day back to school at Hickman High School on Monday.

Back to School: Excited and sad

Here are some pictures of my son, Kai Jerke, on his first day of first grade. We homeschooled him last year, so this is all new to him. He's a bit excited and sad!

Warm welcome

Principal Beverly Borduin, right, greets Veer Sangha, 9, and his father, Harbaksh Sangha, as they enter the yard of Grant Elementary School. Veer is beginning his first day of fourth grade on Monday. Grant Elementary School enrolled 323 kindergarten through fifth-graders for the 2009-10 school year.

Back to School: Excited and sad

Here are some pictures of my son, Kai Jerke, on his first day of first grade. We homeschooled him last year, so this is all new to him. He's a bit excited and sad!

Back to School: Brothers off to school

Patrick headed off to first grade this morning, and James is starting preschool. They could not be more excited. Mom, on the other hand, is a bit conflicted (OK, weepy) about the baby heading off into the world.

Back to School: A funny pose

Cameron Reeves makes a silly pose right before he walks to Russell Elementary School with his neighborhood friends.

Single file

Jessica Touchatt, 6, center, waits in line before heading into Grant Elementary to begin her first day of first grade on Monday. Grant Elementary enrolled 323 students in kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2009-10 school year.

Catching up

Rock Bridge sophomores, from left to right, Jacob Jackson, 15, Korey Sexton, 16, Daniel Keeton, 16, and Jordan Davis, 15, wait for their classes to begin on Monday morning for the start of the new school year. "One of the core values," Rock Bridge principal Kathy Ritter said, "is freedom with responsibility," noting an exceptional level of student freedom during the day.

Back to School: At the playground

Kathryn West talks with her son, Max Black, 7, as he waits to begin his first day of second grade. Tausha Hall helps her daughter, Tianna Hall-Patton, 5, with her shoes, before her first day of kindergarten. Both Max and Tianna are excited to start school at Grant Elementary School on Monday. Grant Elementary School enrolled 323 kindergarten through fifth graders for the 2009-2010 school year.

Back to School: A family moment

Mary Beth and Chris Schneider help their children, Nina, 6, and Nathan, 7, as they prepare to enter Grant Elementary School on Monday. Usually quiet, Nina has been chattering about her first day of kindergarten for over a week, according to her mother, Mary Beth Schneider.

Back to School: Young Minds

Parents watch as their children line up to go inside on their first day of school at Grant Elementary School. Grant teaches students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Monday is the first day of classes for Grant and the other schools in the Columbia School District.

Back to School: Familiar faces

Students greet each other before they begin another school year at Hickman High School on Monday. In June, Hickman High School was named in Newsweek as one of the top 1,500 American high schools, placing it in the top six percentile of schools nationwide.

Rebecca Mowry in her MU lab

University of Missouri master's degree candidate Rebecca Mowry holds an electrophoresis gel rig in her lab in Tucker Hall. Mowry is conducting research to gauge Missouri's river otter population by extracting DNA from samples of otter scat.

Faculty hand out Tiger Stripe ice cream

Theodore Tarkow, associate dean of arts and sciences, works with Billy, Cilicia and Kristi Jamison to hand out an MU tradition: Tiger Stripe ice cream. They were participating in the 15th annual Tiger Walk, on Sunday on the Francis Quadrangle.

MU Color Guard participates at Tiger Walk

Allie Scott, one of four captains of MU's Color Guard, spins as part of the 15th annual Tiger Walk on Sunday on the Francis Quadrangle.

MU Golden Girls participate in Tiger Walk

The Golden Girls, MU's dance team, perform for the crowd as part of the 15th annual Tiger Walk on Sunday night at Francis Quadrangle.

MU Golden Girls' pompoms sit in the grass at Tiger Walk

Pompoms rest on the ground as the Golden Girls, MU's dance squad, line up to perform as part of the 15th annual Tiger Walk, on Sunday on the Francis Quadrangle.

MU students take part in Tiger Walk

Freshmen stream through the Columns at the Francis Quadrangle as part of the 15th annual Tiger Walk on Sunday. Tiger Walk, which began in 1995, symbolizes the students' entrance into the MU community.
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