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September 10, 2011 in Washington Voices

Seventh- grader Leanne Grassman, 12, chats with friends during lunch on the first day of classes at East Valley Middle School.

COLIN MULVANY PHOTOS photo

Like many seventh-graders, Karissa Johnston, 12, left, and Charli Bise, 12, struggle with getting their locker to open on the first day of classes at East Valley Middle School on Wednesday.