Children got to know each other and their school on the first day of school at Stearns Elementary School in Pittsfield. Students in Pittsfield public schools in first through 12th grade started classes Wednesday, Sept. 1. The district's youngest learners head back the next week, with prekindergarten students starting a new full-day program Sept. 7 and kindergartners starting Sept. 8.

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Ben Garver has been photographing the Berkshire hills and people for The Eagle since 1994. In his spare time, Garver enjoys hiking and biking with his Australian cattle dog, Cheyenne.