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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton rides the morning school bus

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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton points to a sign created by Collier County bus driver, Wendy Williams on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Reading, 'You can be the pride of GCH, VES, OMS,' the sign provides encouragement for the students riding the bus. On this day, Dr. Kamela is riding Williams's bus, welcoming students to their first day of school and supporting local bus drivers.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton points to a sign created by Collier County bus driver, Wendy Williams on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Reading, "You can be the pride of GCH, VES, OMS," the sign provides encouragement for the students riding the bus. On this day, Dr. Kamela is riding Williams's bus, welcoming students to their first day of school and supporting local bus drivers.

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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton reviews the names of each student that will ride on bus driver, Wendy Williams' route in Collier County on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Outside, Madisyn Brouillard says goodbye to her father before entering the bus. Madison will start the first grade today.
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Wendy Williams uses the loud speaker during her morning student pick-up route on the first day of school in Collier County on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton points to a sign created by Collier County bus driver, Wendy Williams on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Reading, 'You can be the pride of GCH, VES, OMS,' the sign provides encouragement for the students riding the bus. On this day, Dr. Kamela is riding Williams's bus, welcoming students to their first day of school and supporting local bus drivers.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton speaks with Madisyn Brouillard, center, and Hailee Thompson, right, as they ride a Collier County school bus on the first day of school at Vineyards Elementary on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Dr. Patton has joined bus driver, Wendy Williams on her morning route to encourage bus drivers in their work as well as students on their first day of school.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton reacts in awe as Hailee Thompson, right, shows her a new backpack purchased for the first day of school at Vineyards Elementary on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Today, Thompson will be in the second grade. Madisyn Brouillard sits next to Dr. Patton.
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Madisyn Brouillard sits inside a Collier County school bus, nervous about the first day of school at Vineyards Elementary on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Today, Madisyn will start the first grade.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton watches on as a student exits a Collier County school bus at Vineyards Elementary on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. On this morning, Dr. Patton joins bud driver, Wendy Williams on her morning route for the first day of school.
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Wendy Williams uses the loud speaker to invite students off the bus at Vineyards Elementary on the first day of school on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Williams has been a Collier County bus driver for 10 years. She has been driving this particular route for 6 years. She says it feels special to watch the students that ride her bus grow up.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton sits inside a Collier County school bus on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. She joins bus driver Wendy Williams on her morning bus route for the first day of school.
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Zachary Hanitz, right, rides a Collier County school bus on his way to the first day of school at Gulf Coast High school on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Today, Hanitz will be senior.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton stands off right at the Gulf Coast High Schools pep rally on the first day of school on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla.
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Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton says hello to a teacher arriving Gulf Coast High School on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Naples, Fla. She will step back onto the school bus where she joins Wendy Williams on her morning bus route for the first day of school.

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