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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees reach for a t-shirt during the second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Hugo the Hornet plays with members of Huntingtowne Farms Elementary during the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees cheer and dance during the second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Chandra Herring (left) of Winterfield Elementary and Natalie Jones of West Learning Community hug while at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    James E. Ford of Garinger High School and the 2014 NC Teacher of the Year hypes the crowd up as he hosts the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Members if the group from Crestdale Elementary cheer during the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Paul Williams (right) of McClintock Elementary, Principal and self-proclaimed Conductor of Awesomeness, performs as the school mascot The Mighty Scot, against the Wells Fargo mascot Jack the Dog during a mascot dance-off at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees cheer and dance during the second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Paul Williams (right) of McClintock Elementary, Principal and self-proclaimed Conductor of Awesomeness, performs as the school mascot The Mighty Scot, and gets the Huntingtowne Farms Elementary group hyped during the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Paul Williams (center) of McClintock Elementary, Principal and self-proclaimed Conductor of Awesomeness, celebrates his win as the school mascot The Mighty Scot, after a dance-off between him and Chubby Check and Homer the Dragon while at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' second annual Employee Back-to-School Rally at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Thousands of teachers and other staff members attended the rally which also featured appearances and performances by CMS mascots, as well as Hugo the Hornet, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker, Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Hornets' Honey Bees, and the Carolina Panthers' TopCats,
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