Emotional Start

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    Fifth Street School second-grader Chantal Perez placed her backpack straps around herself and her sister Genesis, 3, as students assembled for the first day of classes at the Jasper school this morning. “You see all kinds of emotions from the most excited to the ones that are crying and don’t want to leave mom and dad. That’s part of that first day fun,” Principal Ryan Erny said. All Dubois County schools began a new school year today. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Mildred Valencia of Jasper walked her daughters Kiara Flores-Valencia, a kindergartener, and Katie Flores-Valencia, a second-grader, inside as they chatted with teacher Lynne Bohnert as students assembled for the first day of classes at Fifth Street School in Jasper on Thursday. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Erin Huebner of Jasper kissed her daughter, Emma, a kindergartner, as students assembled for the first day of classes at Fifth Street Elementary School in Jasper on Thursday. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Amy Welden of Jasper walked her daughter, Juliet, a kindergartner, inside as students assembled for the first day of classes at Fifth Street School in Jasper on Thursday. "I'm okay as long as she's okay," Amy said. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Amanda Schroeder of Jasper consoled her son Bryor, a kindergartner, as they said goodbye while students assembled for the first day of classes at Fifth Street School in Jasper on Thursday. "I could cry. This is my baby," Amanda said. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Odailys Perez-Prado of Jasper consoled her son Roy Pita, a kindergartner, as students assembled for the first day of classes at Fifth Street School in Jasper on Thursday. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald