August 28, 2009 in City

Early opening day

Dan Pelle photo

Izabel Garcia heads toward class to present her third-grade teacher, Monica Headley, a rose on the first day of school at Linwood Elementary. Headley teaches a combined second- and third-grade class and taught Izabel last year.
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It was warm and sunny outside, but students still showed a few signs of excitement to be back in school Thursday, one of Spokane Public Schools’ earliest starts ever.

Shadle Park High School students eagerly checked out renovations completed over the past three months, including work on the auditorium and classrooms for its theater programs. The school also debuted an addition with regular classrooms.

A 5-year-old leaving Garfield Elementary after her first day in one of the new all-day kindergartens proclaimed she had fun, but she was tired.

And one third-grader gripped a rose for her teacher, a token to mark their new start.

Spokane Valley, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene school districts will commence classes within the next two weeks.

On the Web: View more photographs from the first day of classes at

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