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PHOTO GALLERY: Public schools are back in session

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PHOTO GALLERY: Public schools are back in session

Schools across Columbia and Hallsville opened their doors to new students, from kindergarten to high school, for the first day of the new academic year Thursday. Some took the bus, others were taken by car or bike by their parents and still others walked the sunny sidewalks to school. The following photo gallery captures some of the back-to-school sights from Grant Elementary School, Rock Bridge High School and Hallsville. 

Millie Luther, 6 and a half, looks back at other arriving students while walking with her father

Millie Luther, 6 and a half, looks back at other arriving students while walking with her father, Wally Luther, to her first day of school Thursday at Grant Elementary School. Luther is entering first grade this year.

The bikes of Grant Elementary students sit in a row along the bike rack

The bikes of Grant Elementary students sit in a row along the bike rack on Thursday at Grant Elementary School. Many students rode their bikes with their parents to school. 

Steve Godier hands out stickers to students coming off the bus

Home School Communicator Steve Godier hands out stickers to students coming off the bus Thursday at Grant Elementary School. The stickers were used to indicate which of the buses the students came from. 

Rigel Oliveri helps her daughter, Shennie Byrne, 8, put her bike on the bike rack before school

Rigel Oliveri helps her daughter, Shennie Byrne, 8, put her bike on the bike rack before school starts Thursday at Grant Elementary School. According to Oliveri, Shennie was very excited to ride her bike to school for the first time. 

The doors outside of Rock Bridge High are decorated with positive messages

The doors outside of Rock Bridge High are decorated with positive messages to welcome students back to school Thursday. 

Lisa Wagner looks for approaching students to greet

Physical Education Coach Lisa Wagner looks for approaching students to greet Thursday at Grant Elementary School. Wagner made sure to greet each student as they returned to the school and introduce herself to the new students. 

A homemade sign stands on a patch of lawn in Hallsville

A homemade sign stands on a patch of lawn in Hallsville the day before the first day of school Wednesday. Residents placed signs around the town to welcome students from kindergarten to high school back to school. 

School buses wait outside Hickman High for students

School buses wait outside Hickman High for students at the end of the school Thursday. According to Michelle Baumstark, first-day enrollment was 19,288. Official enrollment numbers won't be available until September.

  • Staff Photographer Summer 2019, Education Reporter Fall 2019, Photojournalism major, Reach me at seamank7@gmail.com or in the newsroom at (573) 882-1690

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