North Okaloosa students head back to school (PHOTOS)

Brandy Cole

Brandy Cole escorts her daughters – five-year-old Kayliana, left, and eight-year-old Kimora, right – to Riverside Elementary School during the first day back to school for students in Okaloosa County.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 06:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Sixth-grader Karlie Baxley was fashionably clad in new hot pink-and-orange shoes and a new blue-and-green plaid shirt contrasting with new black slacks. Her new purple, black and grey school portfolio case was under her arm.

Waiting as her father attended to some administrative matters at the school office, Karlie was ready for her first day back at Davidson Middle School. Almost.

“I’m actually nervous,” she said. “I’m late for my first class.”

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By the thousands, students streamed back to the halls of academia Monday morning. Eager moms and dads snarled morning traffic as they drove their children to their first day of school.

After a summer’s absence, yellow school buses once more prowled the streets, picking up and later disgorging scores of Bulldogs, Gators, Hoboes, Panthers, Owls, Bullpups, Aviators, Eagles, Mustangs, Tigers, Cougars and Lions.

‘MIXED EMOTIONS’



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