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Tears and smiles were seen on the first day of school at Deer Creek

"Lil Rob" Powell reaches out for a hug from Oklahoma County sheriff's Deputy Derrick Hall during the first day of school at Deer Creek's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

"Lil Rob" Powell reaches out for a hug from Oklahoma County sheriff's Deputy Derrick Hall during the first day of school at Deer Creek's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

EDMOND — Emotions were evident on the faces of students and parents as they attended the first day of classes in the Deer Creek school district.

Some of the kindergarten students had a bit of separation anxiety.

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<p>Kindergarten students await their classes during the first day of school at Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>

Kindergarten students await their classes during the first day of school at Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5eea2ee39da580ad017df2c41b3048d8.jpg" alt="Photo - Kindergarten students await their classes during the first day of school at Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] " title=" Kindergarten students await their classes during the first day of school at Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] "><figcaption> Kindergarten students await their classes during the first day of school at Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-755f01e8351df89a372227c50392ab43.jpg" alt="Photo - John Collins tries to console his 6-year-old son, Wyatt, during the first day of school at Deer Creek school district's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] " title=" John Collins tries to console his 6-year-old son, Wyatt, during the first day of school at Deer Creek school district's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] "><figcaption> John Collins tries to console his 6-year-old son, Wyatt, during the first day of school at Deer Creek school district's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-101250b9b00cd764596721df7037702d.jpg" alt="Photo - Kindergarten student Cobie Price rests her head against her mother, Courtney Price, a third-grade teacher, on the first day of school. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] " title=" Kindergarten student Cobie Price rests her head against her mother, Courtney Price, a third-grade teacher, on the first day of school. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] "><figcaption> Kindergarten student Cobie Price rests her head against her mother, Courtney Price, a third-grade teacher, on the first day of school. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-34edb7e258790113e20ada666cb8d9ce.jpg" alt="Photo - Kindergartners and parents gather together during the first day of school at Deer Creek school district's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] " title=" Kindergartners and parents gather together during the first day of school at Deer Creek school district's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] "><figcaption> Kindergartners and parents gather together during the first day of school at Deer Creek school district's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-58017fc345121f7ce6ac44bef16d7aff.jpg" alt="Photo - "Lil Rob" Powell reaches out for a hug from Oklahoma County sheriff's Deputy Derrick Hall during the first day of school at Deer Creek's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] " title=" "Lil Rob" Powell reaches out for a hug from Oklahoma County sheriff's Deputy Derrick Hall during the first day of school at Deer Creek's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] "><figcaption> "Lil Rob" Powell reaches out for a hug from Oklahoma County sheriff's Deputy Derrick Hall during the first day of school at Deer Creek's Prairie Vale Elementary School. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN] </figcaption></figure>
Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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