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    Emma Martel, 6, shares a moment with her father, Chris Martel, Wednesday after being dropped off at Montello Elementary School on the first day of school. Emma Martel is a second grader.

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    Josiah Chasse learns his locker combination Wednesday during his first day of seventh grade at Auburn Middle School. Teacher Sonja Abbott, right, helps Aaliyah Ciriello with her locker below.

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    The Edward Little High School Class of 2025 gather in the gymnasium Wednesday as senior John Shea participates in a skit at the school in Auburn. Members of the Student Leadership Council led skits that informed freshman on the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities. Only freshman returned Wednesday. Sophomores, juniors and seniors start school on Thursday.

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    Pitshou Banguninga walks his children, Stacey, left, Percy, center, and Rocy, to school Wednesday on the first day of school at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston.

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    Laila Alexander, left, and Reegan Saunders work on a "get to know you" project Wednesday during their first day of seventh grade at Auburn Middle School.

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    Edward Little High School junior Landon Cougle enters the gymnasium Wednesday during a back-to-school skit at the school in Auburn. Members of the Student Leadership Council led skits that informed freshman on the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities.

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    Educational technician John "Mr. P" Patrie plays a quick hand of Rock paper scissors with a student after the student got off the bus Wednesday on the first day of school at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston. Patrie said building relationships is a good way to connect with kids at school. Patrie said one of his students always throws paper, so Patrie will always throw a rock while playing that particular student. "It really makes his day," Patrie said.

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    Hannah Sampson, left, looks through a packet of information Wednesday during her first day of seventh grade at Auburn Middle School.

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    Members of the Student Leadership Council play a game of human bowling Wednesday on the first day of school at Edward Little High School in Auburn. The skit was one of many that members of the council led to inform freshman on the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities. Only freshman returned Wednesday. Sophomores, juniors and seniors start school on Thursday.

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    Austin Sinclair, 7, waits with his family for school to start Wednesday during the first day of school at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston. Sinclair's mother, Anna Sinclair, second from left, said coming back to school for second grade is new all over again to him. Austin Sinclair was fully remote during his first-grade year. "He's a little overwhelmed," Anna Sinclair said about her son coming back to school five days a week. Standing with Sinclair is grandmother, Donna Harmon, and grandfather, Frank Merrill.

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    Allison Hopkins, response to intervention and special programs supervisor, chats with students Wednesday after the children got off the bus on the first day of school at Montello Elementary in Lewiston.

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    Edward Little High School junior Landon Cougle, senior Shelbi Teehan, senior Caroline Audette and senior John Shea perform a back-to-school skit Wednesday at the school in Auburn. Members of the Student Leadership Council led skits that informed freshman on the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities. Only freshman returned Wednesday. Sophomores, juniors and seniors start school on Thursday.

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    Nimo Aden, 7, looks up to her father, Mohamed Aden, as she walks to school Wednesday with her sisters on the first day of school at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston. Nimo Aden is in the second grade.

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    Aaliyah Robinson, 7, has new shoes for her first day of second grade Wednesday at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston.

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    Emma Lewis, 6, made a sign for her first day of first grade Wednesday at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston.

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