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Smiles for Miles on First Day of School

Kids at bus stops and in the classrooms appeared happy to be headed back to class.

Now, let's hope they're as happy about going to school the rest of the year, too.

Carolyn Ericksen said daughter Charlotte, starting second grade at Alfred Vail Elementary this week, was so excited that she went to sleep at 11:30 p.m., woke up at 7 a.m. on the dot and could not stop talking about it. "She is not my child," the proud mother laughed.

When Rachel Ritter's four-year-old daughter Sutton saw her bus driver, "Mr. Al," instead of saying "go away" like she had before (she didn't like him because "he had taken her big brother away for school," Rachel said), the second-year student said, "good morning," much to Rachel's pleasure and surprise.

"She said 'good morning,'" Rachel exclaimed. "I can't believe she did that."

These are just two of the stories from the Morris School District's first day of school on Thursday, Sept. 6. What are yours?

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