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(PHOTOS) Laughs, smiles and tears in abundance during first day of school in Casper

Sarah Steed spends a few quiet moments with her son, Jackson Steed, before his first day of kindergarten on Tuesday morning at Cottonwood Elementary School in Casper. Tuesday is the first day of the 2022-2023 school year for Natrona County Public Schools, bringing an end to summer break. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Cottonwood Elementary School playground was buzzing with noise and activity on Tuesday morning as students and families gathered for the first day of the new school year.

Natrona County schools started the 2022–23 season the day after Labor Day as one of the last counties in Wyoming to kick off the new school year.

Classes in the district are scheduled to run through June 8, 2023.