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MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Alyssa Ziruolo looks over her class’ material list during her first day of third grade class Aug. 25. Today is the first day of school for the children attending the Base Primary School. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephany Miller)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Alyssa Ziruolo looks over her class’ material list during her first day of third grade class Aug. 25. Today is the first day of school for the children attending the Base Primary School. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephany Miller)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - Ryle Carley plays on the railing outside of the Base Primary School Aug. 25, the first day of school for the 2008-2009 school year on Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - Ryle Carley plays on the railing outside of the Base Primary School Aug. 25, the first day of school for the 2008-2009 school year on Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - Marcus Breed hugs his mother before going inside to start his first day of kindergarten class Aug. 25. Today is the first day of school for the children attending the Base Primary School at Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Stephany Miller)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - Marcus Breed hugs his mother before going inside to start his first day of kindergarten class Aug. 25. Today is the first day of school for the children attending the Base Primary School at Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Stephany Miller)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Samuel Ivey checks a list to see which teacher and classroom he has been assigned for the new year at the Base Primary School which began Aug. 25. “My son, Samuel, is happy to get back to school so he can see some of his friends he has missed over the summer,” said Staff Sgt. Katie Klefforth, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Samuel Ivey checks a list to see which teacher and classroom he has been assigned for the new year at the Base Primary School which began Aug. 25. “My son, Samuel, is happy to get back to school so he can see some of his friends he has missed over the summer,” said Staff Sgt. Katie Klefforth, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Families await the first bell on the first day of school at the Base Primary School Aug. 25. The emotions on the faces of the children were mixed as they awaited the opportunity to continue their education. Many looked anxious, nervous and apprehensive, but some were actually excited about the experience, according to their parents. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Families await the first bell on the first day of school at the Base Primary School Aug. 25. The emotions on the faces of the children were mixed as they awaited the opportunity to continue their education. Many looked anxious, nervous and apprehensive, but some were actually excited about the experience, according to their parents. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - Lt. Col. Matthew Grant, 366th Fighter Wing legal office, sits on the steps with his daughter outside of the Base Primary School Aug. 25. Today is the first day of school for the 2008-2009 school year on Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - Lt. Col. Matthew Grant, 366th Fighter Wing legal office, sits on the steps with his daughter outside of the Base Primary School Aug. 25. Today is the first day of school for the 2008-2009 school year on Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman Deborah Young)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The base primary school sprang to boisterous life Aug. 25 as Gunfighter children, parents and teachers lined up at the doors to begin the 2008 - 2009 school year.

The emotions on the faces of the children were mixed as they awaited the opportunity to continue their education. Many looked anxious, nervous and apprehensive, but some were actually excited about the experience, according to their parents.

"My son, Samuel, is happy to get back to school so he can see some of his friends he has missed over the summer," said Staff Sgt. Katie Klefforth, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. "Children always get bored during the summertime, so getting back to school is a good change in the routine."

Sergeant Klefforth was not the only parent who had positive aspirations for the new year.

"I'm eager for my son to start school and begin learning new things," said Amy Fossette, mother of first-grader Jeremy Fossette.

While the children were starting their first day at the base primary, a new principal was also looking forward to the upcoming school year.

"First and foremost, we're here to take care of the children," said Ernest Elliot, Base Primary School principal. "We're here to meet their needs and hope to meet the parent's expectations."

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