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Back to school filled with friends, fun and family for students at Ridgeview Elementary School

The first day of school is for making friends, said AJ Johnson on his first day of first grade at Ridgeview Elementary School.

"It's exciting to get to meet lots of people and make new friends," he said.

School can play an important role in the social development of some students.

"It's been really important for him. He has step-siblings, but they are much older, so school really has been his main opportunity to be around other children," said AJ's mother April Johnson.

Before the first bell AJ joined dozens of other children in making friends on the playground.

One of those students, Ivy Rasmussen, said that she was excited on her first day of school because "school is fun." She enjoyed the first part of her first day of second grade by testing out the slides on the playground.

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Her dad, Ryan Rasmussen said that his daughter loves to learn.

"We work with her on her letters all of the time," he said.

The Johnson family also prepared for the first day of school together.

"We practiced reading a little over the summer, but probably not as much as we should have. We shopped for all his supplies together and went to Family Connection Day," said AJ's mother April Johnson.

For AJ and Ivy, the first day of the new school year started with friends, fun and the love and support of their family.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.