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Wahpeton Middle-Schoolers leave after their first day of school, August 20th.

First Day of School in Wahpeton

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Wahpeton, N.D. (WDAY TV) -- The first day of school is just around the corner for many students.

But kids in Wahpeton have already rounded that corner - and middle school students there are happy to share their first-day wisdom with their peers.

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School in Fargo doesn't start until August 27th, and Moorhead begins after Labor Day.

But parents and kids should start preparing now, if they aren't already.

Elly Lahaise/6th-Grader: "It was scary at first."

Going through the double-doors on the first day of school can bring a lot of emotions - nerves, excitement, even fear.

Lahaise: "Just thinking you're going to get locked out of your locker or something."

But planning ahead can help ease the stress of going back to class.

Emily DeVries/7th-Grader: "Shopping, of course.

Jaylyn Romereim/7th-Grader: "Yep, school shopping."

These students say they did their shopping early - store shelves get sparse the closer it gets.

Involving kids in the shopping process helps get them excited to go back.

And about those early mornings - 

Sandra Martinson/6th-Grader: "I usually stay up until ten, so I'm really trying to get my schedule back."

Medical experts suggest parents start adjusting bedtime and wake-up times early to avoid an abrupt change once school starts.

Lahaise: "It was hard, but I got up!"

The day before, get organized - laying out everything needed for the first day will make the morning go smoothly.

Wauker Spaneo/7th-Grader: "Listen to the teachers, pay attention, show up on time."

Still, no matter how much you prepare, there are some things that just aren't the same.

Martinson: "My mom is a better cook."

And these students say above all - have fun and make new friends.

Romereim: "Seeing our friends."

DeVries: "I like coming back, and the first few days are exciting."

Parents should also schedule an annual checkup and make sure all immunizations are up-to-date before kids go back to school.

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