The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in numerous ways. One of them is the whole "back to school" process in Utica, Rome, Oneida, Herkimer, New Hartford, Whisteboro, and across the Mohawk Valley.

From shopping to preparing, from masks to backpacks, from alternate day classrooms to Zoom video learning...everything has changed. But one constant is the pride parents have in their young learners. And the pride displayed by youngsters as they began the learning curve in 2020.

We asked our Facebook Friends to post their favorite "back to school" pictures and we received a ton of photos. Here's a sampling of what we've received:

Utica-Rome First Day of School 2020

We know there are all sorts of back to school plans this year. Everyone's going back to class on staggered schedules, with a mixture of in-school and at-home learning.

If you'd like to add your picture to our gallery, we'll keep updating it. Just attach your photos here or reach us on our Facebook page. We'll be happy to add your kid to our gallery.

And don't forget about The Ultimate School Supply, sponsored by GPO Federal Credit Union. It's your chance to win a laptop computer for your child. Listen to Lite 98.7 for your shot to qualify. Get all the details right here.

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