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Midcoast lens: First day of school 2014

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Sep 02, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Students step off the bus at Lura Libby Elementary School in Thomaston for their first day of school Sept. 2.

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Kindergartener Keegan Simms, left, is comforted by first-grader Jason Seiders on their first day of school at Lura Libby Elementary School Sept. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Isaac Hylen Picton checks in with the lunch lady on his first day of kindergarten at Lura Libby Elementary School Sept. 2. His mom Olivia Hylen-Baez makes sure he gets the order right — he brought a salad. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The playground was abuzz with activity Sept. 2 as the first day of school 2014 swings into action at Lura Libby Elementary School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Rachel Kinney plays little Miss Shy Girl on her first day of kindergarten Sept. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Dylan Dyer poses for first day of kindergarten pictures Sept. 2 outside Lura Libby Elementary School. His father, Eric and mother, Jennifer capture the moment. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Shannon Kinney | Sep 03, 2014 12:10

Awesome pics!!! Great to see you Beth!

 



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Sep 02, 2014 23:53

The comfort photograph is beautiful, capturing ageless emotions common to humankind -   the fear of the new, of separation; the sensitivity and compassion shown by one who has shared the experience.  Many parents and family shed tears on auspicious days like this. 

 

For some, who equate tender human emotions with weakness, this could be turned against a child.  But those who would do so, are the ones who would wear the shame of doing so.   The reporter would have had to receive permission to print from the parents.  It's a poignant and beautiful moment and timeless.



Posted by: JAMES CARNEY | Sep 02, 2014 21:38

Don't like the picture of Keegan Simms Crying. Great keepsake..

 



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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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