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Drew Crain gets a long hug from his daughter, Syriana, 6, outside her first grade room just before the start of class at John Muir Elementary Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Seattle.

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Excited fourth grader, Eden Negra, laughs with teacher, DeShawn Jackson before the bell rings for the first day of school at John Muir Elementary.

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Erik Maizels, 7, stands on the playground at the head of the line on the first day of school before leading his classmates into Christy McKay’s first grade classroom.

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Abdi Amin grabs a quick kiss from his son, Ahamed Amin, in the hallway outside his class on the first day of school at John Muir Elementary.