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Students, teachers head back to school this week

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

For many kids in the Midlands Monday will be their first day back to school.

After a fun and exciting summer, students at Harbison West Elementary are ready to take on a mixed bag of subjects -- from reading to math.

But at an open house Sunday, one thing that was already mixed: their feelings about going back.

Riley Woodson of Chapin said he had a lot of fun with his family but now he's looking forward to getting back to the books.

And taking in his favorite subject.

"Math," Woodson said. "You get to learn it and learning's fun."

The learning process also starts for parents of kids like Woodson.

"We get an opportunity to build a relationship with new parents and also greet our returning students," said Principal Arthur Newton. "Believe it or not they're excited about going to a new grade, meeting a new teacher and also meeting new friends."

For others at Harbison West is a new scene altogether.

Isaiah Stubbs just moved to Columbia with his sister Tyla.

He had some excitement about starting class but more about recess.

"I get to see all my friends and play," Stubbs said.

For many, making new friends will be part of the learning process.

In all, Harbison West has about 600 students.

The principal said the school is constantly getting fresh faces as parents move in and out of the area.

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