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08/26/13 — Ready, set, learn

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Ready, set, learn

By Phyllis Moore and Matt Caulder
Published in News on August 26, 2013 1:46 PM

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Jada Higdon, 5, smiles at Brenda McClary, her kindergarten teacher at Tommy's Road Elementary, during the first day of school today. Jada and her classmates drew pictures of themselves as they waited for the bell to ring to start class. In preparation for her big debut, Jada picked out not only a special outfit, but special glasses as well.

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First-grader Tazavion Patterson walks down the hall at Carver Heights Elementary School this morning looking for his room. Tazavion found first-grade teacher Christine Smith who helped him get to his classroom.

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Classes at Dillard Middle School actually started last Thursday, but Monday morning there were still some bugs to be worked out including the trick to operating a combination lock. Rashad Hinnant, center, the school's success coach, gives pointers to sixth-graders Jaylin Hamilton, left, and Hakem Moses, right.

Jada Higdon couldn't wait to ride the bus for her first day of school. "She woke us up -- 'Time for school!' -- at 5:30 in the morning," her mom, Sherry Higdon, said. At 7:03, the bus arrived and...

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