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Students return to classes in Dalton Thursday

Thursday at Brookwood Elementary in Dalton, new people, new schedules - a new school year - really had something for everyone. (Image: WTVC)

The first day back to school can be an emotional rollercoaster, and students aren't the only ones who feel it.

Thursday at Brookwood Elementary in Dalton, new people, new schedules - a new school year - really had something for everyone.

Up earlier for mom Jennifer Kluttz meant putting her kids to bed earlier the night before.

"Clothes laid out, breakfast ready, they just did not want to go to bed. Get up in the morning, get dressed, not happy about going back to school today," Kluttz said.

Maybe a little tired, but son Jacob was still looking forward to a few favorites.

Science, recess and lunch

Jacob says he'll even be studying turtles this year in 4th grade.

"Every grade does their own thing, like last year, we did gardening," Jacob said.

Meanwhile, first grader Ryker had his school supplies ready.

"Notebook, a folder, and crayons and pencils," Ryker said.

Second-grader Clayton was certainly ready for the spelling bee speed round.

For his sister, Jayme, it's the start of her last year at Brookwood.

It was about catching up with friends about the summer.

"I have a really good friend, and I haven't seen him in a really long time because we been going on vacations and stuff, so I'm ready to see him," Clayton said.

Jayme and Clayton's mother Tiffany Thompson is also a teacher, so for her, the first day back is about balance.

"It certainly has its challenges. Once I get back home, it's hard to, you know, just leave it all at school," Thompson said.

But she said it's all worth it when she sees the light bulb go off with her kids and her students.

"Seeing the connections made, once they start realizing how it all works, and the processes that things go through," Thompson said.

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