First Day of School in Richmond County

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First-grade teacher Rhonda Mathis stands at her board, asking her students to name off the days of the week at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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First-grade teacher Rhonda Mathis (center) stands at the front of the class while speaking to her students at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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First-grade teacher Rhonda Mathis (right) stands at the front of her classroom at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Kindergarten teacher James Davis (right) reads "The Kissing Hand" to his students at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eighth-grade math teacher Jarmichael Jones (center, left) listens to eighth-grade science teacher Jennifer Wilson (center, right) as students prepare for lunch in the cafeteria at Spirit Creek Middle School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Kindergarten teacher James Davis, while reading his students "The Kissing Hand," demonstrates how if anyone's feeling scared, a kiss from a hand will help, at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eighth-grade students listen to math teacher Karen Johnson go through the syllabus at Spirit Creek Middle School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Crayons rest in a bucket on a desk in Rhonda Mathis' first-grade classroom at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Students fill out personal profile worksheets for Advanced mathematics teacher Karen Johnson to better know her students at Spirit Creek Middle School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Para-professional Kayleigh Blue stands at the front of Rhonda Mathis' first grade classroom at Bayvale Elementary School and talks to the students on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eighth-grade science teacher Jennifer Wilson speaks with students in the cafeteria as they wait for lunch at Spirit Creek Middle School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eighth-grade science teacher Jennifer Wilson (center, arm outstretched) points to tables, asking students to line up for lunch at Spirit Creek Middle School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Valeria Enriquez (right) turns to look at first-grade teacher Rhonda Mathis when she asked for all of the students to come sit on the floor, near her white-board in her classroom at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Latrell Davis, left, turns to look as well. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Students at Bayvale Elementary School walk to class on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Students walk down the hallways of Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Kindergarten teacher James Davis (center) has his students stand up and stretch at the beginning of class at Bayvale Elementary School on the first day of school for Augusta-Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, August 13, 2012. Sara Caldwellstaff

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