GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Your Independence Day vacation may have just ended, but with a new school calendar this year the bell at District 51 schools will ring in less than one month.
Students aren't the only ones who need to get ready for the first day; teachers are also heading to supply stores to stock up on the essentials.
7th grade teacher Lindsay King is looking forward to filling empty seats with her students and puts a big emphasis on the new year, "The first day of school is the most important day of the entire year it sets the tone for the whole year so just making them feel welcome and excited to come into your classroom."
That's why she's buying supplies like new posters and maps to liven up her classroom, but she's not the only one. Local store Learning Works caters to teachers with a variety of school supplies. Employees there say they've had some business, but now that the Fourth of July has come and gone they expect to see more foot traffic within the next couple of weeks right before the first day on August 4th.
"It's kind of of the last holiday in the summer before school starts and usually that's when teachers really starting coming in," Elizabeth Prickett, Learning Works.
While stocking up on their own things for the new year, it's also important for students to keep up with their work during the summer so when they get to school they can be prepared and Learning Works offers everything from flash cards to educational games to make learning fun.
A National Retail Federation survey reported last summer 24 percent of Americans started their supply shopping two months before school. Getting your shopping done early has it's benefits as you're guaranteed to get your hands on the best products. If you do end up waiting until August it's likely the things you want will be out of stock.