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Date of Issue: August 20, 2008

First bell: AME's new school year begins

Emma Moneuse, center, and friends wait for the bell outside Anna Maria Elementary School on Aug. 18, the first day of classes for public schools in Manatee County. Islander Photos: Becky Walter


Francesca Akel arrives by bus to Anna Maria Elementary for the start of the 2008-09 school year.


Kindergartener Ella Coney-Jones receives a warm welcome from principal Tom Levengood.


Second-grade twins Tori Walter, left, and Anni, right, welcome kindergarten twins Samantha and Katherine Burgess, center, to Anna Maria Elementary.


Chrissy McCracken hugs her son, Charlie “Tuna” McCracken, on his first day of kindergarten.


Second-grader Joe Rogers examines his pencil box.