St. Matthew School first-graders wave goodbye before entering the school.
Students see each other for the first time since last spring at Tacony Academy High School.
At Tacony Academy Preparatory High School, in Lawndale, grades 9 to 12 are greeted by teachers. Every year, the teachers form a line around the main hallway and clap as new and returning students enter their classrooms.
Tacony Academy Preparatory Charter School opens its doors to grades kindergarten through eighth, with an addition to its old building.
Seventh-grader Madelaine Maier and teacher Sister Danielle Bernadette, IHM, look through the yearly roster at St. Matthew School. MARIAPOUCHNIKOVA / TIMESPHOTOS