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Madison Romito, Kirin Malisoff and Alexa Gettel, 5, pose together on the bleachers, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day back to school at Out-of-Door Academy.

PHOTO GALLERY: ODA Lower School's First Day Back

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Madison Romito, Kirin Malisoff and Alexa Gettel, 5, pose together on the bleachers, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day back to school at Out-of-Door Academy.

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Mrs. Frances Williams gives her student, Shelby Liashek, 6, a big hug, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Mrs. Frances Williams gives her student, Shelby Liashek, 6, a big hug, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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Christine, Madison, 4, Johnny, 7, E.J., 8, and Eric Robinson

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Christine, Madison, 4, Johnny, 7, E.J., 8, and Eric Robinson

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Sophia Mascorro, 10, shows off her decorated locker.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Sophia Mascorro, 10, shows off her decorated locker.

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Parents photograph their students in front of rocks, trees and bushes before walking in for the first day back to school, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Parents photograph their students in front of rocks, trees and bushes before walking in for the first day back to school, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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Shelby Liashek, 6, Blaine Bentley, 7, Hannah Scuh, 6, and Luke Flanders, 6, have fun coloring together in their new first grade classroom, Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Out-of-Door Academy.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Shelby Liashek, 6, Blaine Bentley, 7, Hannah Scuh, 6, and Luke Flanders, 6, have fun coloring together in their new first grade classroom, Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Out-of-Door Academy.

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Sophia Paterson, 4, hugs her mom, Monique, goodbye, Wednesday, Aug. 22, as she begins her first day of school at Out-of-Door Academy.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Sophia Paterson, 4, hugs her mom, Monique, goodbye, Wednesday, Aug. 22, as she begins her first day of school at Out-of-Door Academy.

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Parents and staff gather in the cabin to chat, drink coffee and sign up to help with school events throughout the year, Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Out-of-Door Academy.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Parents and staff gather in the cabin to chat, drink coffee and sign up to help with school events throughout the year, Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Out-of-Door Academy.

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Mrs. Renee Pitts’ room, also known at the Gator Nest, was full of hyper and happy 3rd grade students, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day back to school for Out-of-Door Academy students.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Mrs. Renee Pitts’ room, also known at the Gator Nest, was full of hyper and happy 3rd grade students, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day back to school for Out-of-Door Academy students.

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Christina Rienhoff with her son, Hugh, 5.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Christina Rienhoff with her son, Hugh, 5.

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Fiona Sutton, 5, writes her first name down as she enters her kindergarten classroom, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day of school for the Out-of-Door Academy students.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Fiona Sutton, 5, writes her first name down as she enters her kindergarten classroom, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day of school for the Out-of-Door Academy students.

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Zachary Szabo and Ryan Abernathy, 6, were happy to be reunited on the first day of school at Out-of-Door Academy.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Zachary Szabo and Ryan Abernathy, 6, were happy to be reunited on the first day of school at Out-of-Door Academy.

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Lexie, 9, and Gabby, 6, Kozel get ready to cut the ribbon while their mother, Ashley, looks on, during the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Lexie, 9, and Gabby, 6, Kozel get ready to cut the ribbon while their mother, Ashley, looks on, during the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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Out-of-Door Academy students play on the bigger of the two rock walls on the newly renovated lower school playground, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day back to school.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Out-of-Door Academy students play on the bigger of the two rock walls on the newly renovated lower school playground, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first day back to school.

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Out-of-Door Academy students run through the gate to the newly renovated lower school playground on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 22, on Siesta Key.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Out-of-Door Academy students run through the gate to the newly renovated lower school playground on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 22, on Siesta Key.

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Ashley D. Kozel poses with Head Master David Mahler and her children, Gabby, 6, and Lexie, 9. The Kozel family donated money toward new playground equipment for the lower school.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Ashley D. Kozel poses with Head Master David Mahler and her children, Gabby, 6, and Lexie, 9. The Kozel family donated money toward new playground equipment for the lower school.

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Students have fun on the swings.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Students have fun on the swings.

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Some of the younger students try climbing up the smaller rock wall on the playground.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 |

Some of the younger students try climbing up the smaller rock wall on the playground.

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