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Meridian Ranch International School kindergarten teacher Elba Rushing gives a welcome back hug to first grader Peyten Neill (cq) on the first day of school Thursday, August 1, 2013, for elementary school kids in Falcon School District 49. Rushing was Peyten's kindergarten teacher last year and she wanted to give her a hug before heading off to her first grade classroom. Middle and High School students in the district start classes on August 2. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette