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New Albany-Floyd students return to school

It's goodbye to summer and hello to schoolwork for nearly 12,000 students in New Albany-Floyd County.  And for some of the youngest students, the first day is all about the way you look.

A good hair day is great for the first day of school, but you can't leave the house without the right outfit.  Student Ashlee Benhan says of hers, "My Mami picked it out, I just wanted to wear it today."

Ashlee wanted to make sure everything was perfect because this is not just her first day of first grade:  "Because this is a new school for me."

Ashlee is not alone.  Grant Line Elementary Principal Leland Lang says his school is growing so much, two years ago several new rooms were added along with one very important improvement for this year: "We have a new emergency phone system so we can actually call all parents at one time in case of an emergency."

Superintendent Doctor Dennis Brooks rides a bus to school every year on the first day.  He says it allows him to get to know the students.  "Sharing with me their favorite subjects --  one little boy said I like science.  I said, 'How about recess and lunch?'  He said, 'I like those, also.'"

This isn't only the first day of school for students.  Parents also took part snapping a few memories before the bell rings.  One mom, Jessica Philip, says she's, "Just hoping that she likes her teacher and, you know, she easily makes friends."

And she passes on another bit of motherly advice.  "Be good and don't pick your nose."

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