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Students Welcomed Back On First Day Of School

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Maine, N.Y. -

While many students went back to school on Wednesday, more were dropped off for their first day on Thursday. At Maine Memorial Elementary, teachers and staff lined the sidewalk to welcome back their students. This is a yearly tradition at the elementary school, one that administrators say isn't just fun for them and the students, but sets the tone to make the kids comfortable in their learning environment.

"I think it's important for the kids to realize that we're a family here, it's a school community and that we are all a team together," says Principal Linda Kelly, "We're all Maine Memorial Spartans, so what better way for us to start than all together at one time."

Hopping off the buses, students hugged teachers from past years before heading inside to find their new teachers. 

Maine Memorial has about 400 students from kindergarten through 5th grade.