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Family prepares for first day of school

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It's time for more than 33,000 kids all over the valley to wake up and get ready for the first day of school.

We've all had our fair share of "first days" and although each school year is different, it seems the routine of getting ready for the first day back stays the same. News Leader 9 caught up with one Columbus family who is starting their back-to-school ritual.

Northside High School freshman McKenzie Quigley said, "It's exciting because I get to see all my friends."

Her brother Will, who will be in 7th grade at Midland Middle School, added, "I just try to be on time and get a good reputation with my teachers."

Students heading back to school are leaving their summers behind and preparing to kick off the new school year. But first they need their supplies.

"We went to Staples before the mad rush and got binders, loose leaf paper, and pencils. Now, they're trying to get their outfits squared away and get what they are going to wear. We make sure if they grew out of clothes they have new sets," said Jeanne Quigley, who is getting her middle school, high school and two college students ready to start back to school.

Will Quigley is preparing for his second year of middle school, "I try not to go to bed too late and I get my alarm going and my clothes picked out and be as organized as I can."

While McKenzie is getting ready to start high school, "I pick out my outfit, go to bed early and I have to make sure I have all my stuff for school."

Jeanne said, "They want to start the new year off right. If they are organized they feel like it's a whole new beginning. They like to look their best, dress their best and hopefully do their best."

After packing their backpacks, picking out the perfect outfit, and getting ready for the first day in a new grade, there's just one last thing to do.

McKenzie explained, "My mom makes us go to bed early and then she takes our picture when we leave the house to go to school."

Jeanne Quigley laughed and added, "The big thing is their picture. I always take their picture on the first day of school and I make them stand there and pose. Whether they smile or frown I take the picture as they walk out the door."

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