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First day of school for many

By Beth A. Birmingham | Sep 04, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Rockland — For many area children, Tuesday, Sept. 4, ushered in a new school year. For young Easton LeBlanc, above, it began his long journey with his first day as a kindergartner at South School in Rockland. Helping him celebrate this milestone were mom Julie, dad Chris, brother Maguire, and sister Ireland, via Facetime.

Sending off Bella Philbrook, center, to kindergarten at South School are Isla Nippe, 3, left, and Primrose Nippe. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
One enthusiastic youngster makes her way through the drumming staff at South School Sept. 4. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Waving to the staff of drummers who greeted students to South School Sept. 4. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
These boys play it cool as they enter South School amid a drumming welcome by staff Sept. 4. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
South School staff member Bonnie Gamage, left, greets a youngster Sept. 4. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Megan Brannan Hill, left, escorts daughter Anna into her first day of first grade at South School Sept. 4. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Wyatt Gauthier, 3, is ready for his first day of pre-school in Waldoboro. (Courtesy of: Lee Ann Gauthier)
Kaylee Staples, 11, left, and Madison Staples, 7, are ready for their first day in sixth and second grade, respectively, at St. George School. (Courtesy of: Shannon Dennison)
Garrett Hall pedals off to his first day of fifth grade at Camden Rockport Middle School. (Courtesy of: Linda Hall-Stone)
Ayden Basinet, left, in first grade, and Braelyn Porter, right, starting second grade, wait for the bus to Thomaston Grammar School with little sister Payton Porter, who has a few years yet before she goes to school. (Courtesy of: Jared Porter)
Nicholas Nickerson does not need to catch the bus on his first day in ninth grade at the online Maine Connections Academy. (Courtesy of: Lisa Cyr)
Melissa Howard's first-grade class at Thomaston Grammar School gathers for circle time on their first day of the 2018-19 year. (Courtesy of: Aimee Sanfilippo)
From left, Brady Marchessault, a new freshman at Oceanside High School, and his sister, Alayna Marchessault, starting sixth grade at Oceanside Middle School, get ready for their first day of school.
From left, Liam Feeley, 9, and Claudia Feeley, 10, pose on their first day of school at Union Elementary. Liam is in fourth grade, Claudia in fifth. (Courtesy of: Tracy Thompson)
Retired Regional School Unit 13 teachers and staff have fun at Crescent Beach on the first day of school, Sept. 4. Pictured, from left, are: Bev Pacheco, Billie Gaudette, Laura Climo Rich, Sharold Bowman, Ferolyn Curtis, Deb Bernard, Sally and Bud Gilbert. Also present, but not shown, were Ruby and Margie Gerrish. (Courtesy of: Margie Gerish)
From left, Jordan Lawrence, 15, begins his sophomore year at Oceanside High School in Rockland, and Saphina Tetreault, 4 starts preschool at Pen Bay Christian School, also in Rockland, Sept. 4. (Courtesy of: Courtney Porter-Tetreault)
Keil Gauthier, Jr. is ready for his first day of kindergarten at Warren Community School Sept. 11. (Courtesy of: Lee Ann Gauthier)
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