Ah, the memories of the first day of school. New classes. New friends. New security searches.
In Israel, ever more security-conscious because of ongoing Arab terrorism, lines of students waiting to go through metal detectors at the school is front door offer a vivid lesson in current events.
Many schools have hired private security guards, aware that perpetrators of the intifada seek out crowded places for their attacks.
Here, students enter their school in Ramla, where Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to mark the beginning of the school year.