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Getting ready to return

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Laurie Carpenter, a second-grade teacher at Ficquett Elementary School, spent a lot of her first week back at school unpacking her plastic containers filled with classroom materials and school supplies and organizing her new classroom. This is her second year of teaching at the school, but the first year in the school building. Last year, she taught out of a trailer at the school, but since she was an HP Grant winner, she has to work out of a regular classroom with her equipment. Students in the Newton County public school system will return to the classroom on Friday for the first day of the 2008-09 school year. Administrators and many teachers and other staff returned to their schools this week.