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Many happy returns

Representatives from 100 Black Men greet students outside Thurgood Marshall Acad Bernadette Weeks

Representatives from 100 Black Men greet students outside Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem.

Cara Metz

Second-grader Saida and 1st-grader Aziza brought flowers for their teachers at PS 199 in Midwood.

With smiling faces, loaded backpacks and high hopes for the year ahead, students across the city headed back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 9. From elementary to high schools, teachers greeted students new and old with smiles, hugs and high-fives.

It was a day of new beginnings and optimism about a new school year about to unfold. Kicking off the year with a sense of unity, some teaching teams even dressed alike in their school’s T-shirts.

For many students, the day was a family affair. Proud siblings posed together for their parents before heading off to separate classes.

Third-grade teacher Linda Green and Jalen at PS 154 in Harlem.Bernadette WeeksThird-grade teacher Linda Green and Jalen at PS 154 in Harlem.

Many happy returns - opening-day-7Pre-K teachers (from left) Stacy Saltarella, Jessica Mullaney, Indra Summerville, Jaimie Kohl, Janet Tinghitella and Louise Thomas from PS 135 in Queens Village are "Red & Ready" for their new students.

Teacher Jessica Franco greets students at PS 178 in Washington Heights.Linda OcasioTeacher Jessica Franco greets students at PS 178 in Washington Heights.

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