Kindergartners at Providence Day School, a local SouthPark private school.
Kindergartners at Providence Day School, a local SouthPark private school. Dustin Peck
Kindergartners at Providence Day School, a local SouthPark private school. Dustin Peck

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October 19, 2011 12:58 PM

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