There were butterflies in their bellies.

There were also hugs from moms and dads, and timid waves goodbye from the young ones as they walked into the building.

But once classes began, things began to settle down.

As schools opened last week in Haverhill, many parents walked or drove their children to school, where teachers welcomed the kids, more than 8,000 of them citywide

Scenes similar to those at Silver Hill Elementary School played out across Haverhill.


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