Back-To-School Spirit

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    Precious Blood School third-grader Aiden Seifert, left, and his siblings, Charlie, a kindergartner, and Hannah, a fifth-grader ran down a sidewalk toward the doorway as teachers cheered students’ arrival for the first day of classes this morning in Jasper. Principal Michelle Brandle organized the Precious Blood teachers to cheer and dance to music as a surprise to the students. Schools in the Greater Jasper, Southwest Dubois and Southeast Dubois districts and Jasper Catholic schools opened today. Northeast Dubois schools began Wednesday, and North Spencer will return to class Wednesday. Caitlin O’Hara/The Herald

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    Precious Blood School Principal Michelle Brandle opened the car door for second-grader Kara Kurucz on the first day of school this morning in Jasper. Caitlin O'Hara/The Herald

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    Precious Blood School fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Pinkstaff, left, welcomed fourth-grader Erin Mehringer back to school this morning in Jasper. Caitlin O'Hara/The Herald

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    Precious Blood School third-grade teacher Kathy Wolf, left, welcomed first-grader Gianna Cabral back to school as classes began this morning at the Jasper school. Assistant first grade and kindergarten teacher Megan Cambron of Ferdinand, right, also cheered as students returned to the classroom. Caitlin O'Hara/The Herald

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    Precious Blood School fifth-grade teacher Cassie Beyke, left, third-grade teacher Kathy Wolf and assistant first-grade and kindergarten teacher Megan Cambron welcomed kindergarten student William Temple to the first day of school this morning in Jasper. Caitlin O'Hara/The Herald

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    Precious Blood School preschool teacher Connie Messmer-Brenner welcomed kindergartner Mason Bower back to school this morning as classes began. Messmer-Brenner wore a hat representing the school’s Spartans mascot. Caitlin O'Hara/The Herald