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First Day of Kindergarten at Meridian Ranch Elementary School

Kindergarten students accompanied by their parents began their year at Meridian Ranch Elementary School Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, a day before the other grades returned. Photos by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Lauren Cyran walks her daughter Avery Cyran, 5, into the cafeteria before the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Tyson Pitcher, 5, runs to school as Nathan Pitcher chases him before the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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First in line, Brooklyn Copeland, 5, waits at the door during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Debbie Hoag (left) helped her class draw during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Brian Giron (left), 5, Jewel Kirt, 5, Alyssa Bare, 5, Niyah Lewis, 5, and Brianna Moser, 5, do a team-building exercise during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Lana Ferrigno, 5, watches her dad Mark Ferrigno trace his hand on paper during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Annika Laabs (front), 5, and Brooklyn Copeland, 5, look to the shelves above their backpacks during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Sahibjeet Hunjan balances a large egg during PE on the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Shelly Welch teaches projects based learning during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Jill Prahl reads to her daughter Mollie Prahl, 5, during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Mike Abney (right) looks at his daughter Lexi Abney, 5, as Scott Ellison (left), 6, listens listens to teacher Debbie Hoag during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Evalynn Peterson (left), 4, Keira Farrell, 6, Isabella Olson, 5, and Ashlyn Southwick, 5, do a team-building activity during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Debbie Hoag's kindergarten class poses during the first day of class Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Fresh backpacks on the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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