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Johnny Walkmannm, left, and Billy Feeman are old hands at picture books, even though it's only their first day in Kindergarten at the Heidelberg dependents' school on Aug. 9, 1948.
Johnny Walkmannm, left, and Billy Feeman are old hands at picture books, even though it's only their first day in Kindergarten at the Heidelberg dependents' school on Aug. 9, 1948. (Lor Lizabeth Back/Stars and Stripes)

In honor of DODEA students returning to school, we've gathered some of our favorite Stars and Stripes back-to-school photos through the years.

Heidelberg, Germany, 1948

Wayne Nicolosi gives a goodbye kiss to his mom, who walked the children to the Heidelberg dependents’ school Sept. 7, 1948.
Wayne Nicolosi gives a goodbye kiss to his mom, who walked the children to the Heidelberg dependents’ school Sept. 7, 1948. (Lor Lizabeth Back/Stars and Stripes)

Seoul American School, South Korea, 1960

Children file out of grammar school on Aug. 29, 1960, as the first day of school comes to an end at Seoul American School.
Children file out of grammar school on Aug. 29, 1960, as the first day of school comes to an end at Seoul American School. (Kim Ki Sam/Stars and Stripes )

Seoul High School, South Korea, 1960

American students at Seoul High School take time out for a laugh Aug. 29, 1960.
American students at Seoul High School take time out for a laugh Aug. 29, 1960. (Kim Ki Sam/Stars and Stripes)

Machinato Elementary School, Japan, 1961

Cheryl Haught, left, a fifth-grade student at Machinato Elementary School on Okinawa, uses a crayon during an origami and drawing class as Okinawan teacher Yoneko Yamazato looks on Sept. 15, 1961.
Cheryl Haught, left, a fifth-grade student at Machinato Elementary School on Okinawa, uses a crayon during an origami and drawing class as Okinawan teacher Yoneko Yamazato looks on Sept. 15, 1961. (Eikoh Goya)

 Chitose Air Base, Japan, 1957

Gary Howard, 6, gets an ABC tablet with his mother at the Chitose Base Exchange at Chitose Air Base on Sept. 2, 1957. 
Gary Howard, 6, gets an ABC tablet with his mother at the Chitose Base Exchange at Chitose Air Base on Sept. 2, 1957.  (Herbert Barnett/Stars and Stripes)

Tachikawa Elementary School, Japan, 1958

The sad expression on the face of 8-year-old Danis Taylor proves that summer vacation is over on the first day of school at Tachikawa Elementary School on Sept. 2, 1958.
The sad expression on the face of 8-year-old Danis Taylor proves that summer vacation is over on the first day of school at Tachikawa Elementary School on Sept. 2, 1958. (Larry McDonald/Stars and Stripes)

Naha Air Base, Japan, 1962

Youngsters stock up with school supplies and back-to-school clothes at the Naha Air Base Exchange as they prepare for the opening of U.S. dependent schools on Okinawa. Stacey Somppi’s mom makes sure she has a proper fit for her new back-to-school dress on Aug. 25, 1962.
Youngsters stock up with school supplies and back-to-school clothes at the Naha Air Base Exchange as they prepare for the opening of U.S. dependent schools on Okinawa. Stacey Somppi’s mom makes sure she has a proper fit for her new back-to-school dress on Aug. 25, 1962. (Stars and Stripes)

Mannheim Elementary School, Germany, 2011

Mannheim Elementary School pupils in Gloria Yokley’s fourth-grade class recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the first day of school for DODDS-Europe students, Aug. 29, 2011. 
Mannheim Elementary School pupils in Gloria Yokley’s fourth-grade class recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the first day of school for DODDS-Europe students, Aug. 29, 2011.  (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Bad Kreuznach Elementary School, Germany, 1995

B.J. Riley gets her second-grade class in line before taking them in for the first day at Bad Kreuznach Elementary School in Germany on Aug. 29, 1995.
B.J. Riley gets her second-grade class in line before taking them in for the first day at Bad Kreuznach Elementary School in Germany on Aug. 29, 1995. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Vogelweh Elementary School, Germany, 2020

Master Sgt. Faustin Desir, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, says goodbye to his kids before they walk to their classes at Vogelweh Elementary School, Germany, Aug. 24, 2020.
Master Sgt. Faustin Desir, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, says goodbye to his kids before they walk to their classes at Vogelweh Elementary School, Germany, Aug. 24, 2020. (Brian Ferguson/Stars and Stripes)
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