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First day of school in Marco Island

See larger Madison Moyer, first grader, sits on the floor, waiting for her first grade classroom to open at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on opening day.

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Madison Moyer, first grader, sits on the floor, waiting for her first grade classroom to open at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on opening day.

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Dana Betker, Tommie Barfield Elementary School food service worker, registers Teddy Smallwood, with his mom Brittany, for the school lunch program. The morning meal is free, while the lunch meal cost is determined by the student's ability to pay. It was truly Teddy's first day as he entered kindergarten.
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  • Madison Moyer, first grader, sits on the floor, waiting for her first grade classroom to open at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on opening day.
  • The hallway leading to kindergarten classes was jammed with new students and their parents on Monday for opening day at Tommie Barfield Elementary School.
  • Kindergarten teacher Lily Kerwin talks with Sandy Hurley school secretary, before she enters her classroom on opening day at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Monday.
  • Lisa Braren Tommie Barfield Elementary School music teacher, directs student Eve McAllister to her fourth grade classroom on opening day of school.
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Third grader Stephanie Carter and kindergartener Lily Sennie almost timidly waive to friends on opening day at Tommie Barfeild Elementary School on Monday.
  • There were a lot of smiling faces on opening day at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Monday.
  • Students, with their parents, have breakfast in the Tommie Barfield Elementary School Cafeteria on opening day.
  • Third grader Hailey Cartwright rolls her supplies as she arrives at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on opening day.
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James and Ava Tobiason just moved to Marco Island from Chicago. They told their parents that because they lived in Florida they ought to wear sunglasses because other kids would on their  first day of school. James went with Ava to Tommie Barfield Elementary School where she entered kindergarten, while James was going to the preschool class at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

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