10 Picture-Perfect Back-to-School Moments

See snapshots that best capture the emotions felt on the first day of school

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See snapshots that best capture the emotions felt on the first day of school

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School Spirit

Thanks to those who entered our Best Back-to-School Moment Contest! We received nearly 100 entries showing excited kids dressed in stylish threads and big smiles, and narrowed the selection down to 10 terrific entries. Click through to see our picks, and stay tuned for our next photo contest, Cutest Halloween Pet Costumes!

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Uniform Success

Alexa from Fenton, Missouri, is dressed with a smile—and a jazzy blue-plaid jumper—on her first day of Catholic school. Thanks to Angela for submitting.

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Three's Company

En route to the bus stop in Suffolk, Virginia, big brother Jack gives younger brothers Sam and Thomas tips for surviving elementary—a.k.a. "the big"—school. Thanks to Courtney for submitting.

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Reunited and It Feels So Good

Madison and Austin from San Antonio, Texas, embrace after Austin's first day of second grade. We can't think of anything cuter than true sibling love! Thanks to Amber for submitting.

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Child Left Behind

Youngster Jack sends his older brother, William, off to his first day of kindergarten from the foot of his driveway in Hudson, Ohio. Thanks to Jen for submitting.

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One-Step Fashion

Cord and Calla from Circleville, Ohio, are stylin'—from their heads (great Mohawk, Cord!) to their toes (we love those strappy red sandals, Calla!). Thanks to Jill for submitting.

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What a Poser!

Reagan from Greenview, Illinois, is too cool—but not for school—in her hot-pink shades. Thanks to Karena for submitting.

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Stepping Stones

Paul from Piqua, Ohio, heads to his first day of first grade as he turns to give his proud mom one last smile. Thanks to Kazy for submitting.

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Pumped Up

Jillian from Greeley, Colorado, is triumphant—and well hydrated!—after his first day of school. Thanks to Michelle for submitting.

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Easy Striders

Snazzy shoes, Gabriel and Arianna! The mini duo, who hail from New Brunswick, New Jersey, sport Velcro slip-ons to help kick off the school year. Thanks to Irma for submitting.

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Red-Hot to Trot

Anarese and Colton from Riverview, Florida, rule the sidewalk with both their fashion sense (cool vest, Anarese!) and camera-ready stance (bad to the bone, Batman!). Thanks to Shari for submitting.

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