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Frankfort resident Anna Podlesak meets Alevy, an albino ball python from Crosstown Exotics, on Friday, Aug. 16, during the Back to School Bash at the Founders Community Center. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
Monee resident Emma Kowach gets a squad car tour from Frankfort school resource officer Chad Riff on Friday, Aug. 8, during the Back to School Bash at the Founders Community Center. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
New Lenox residents Nolan (left) and Dylan Fetherling play a game at the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s Back to School Bash booth.
Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
2:01 am CDT August 21, 2019

There are so many reasons to celebrate the start of the new school year. Reuniting with friends, meeting new teachers and studying interesting subjects are just a few things students can get excited about as they say goodbye to summer and hello to the classroom.