Parents prepare to send their kids back to school

Parents prepare to send their kids back to school. (WLUK/Dave Duchan) 

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) --- Many students will head back to school in a week and some parents still have to buy school supplies.

Pens, folders, and notebooks, all flying off the shelves, as parents get ready to send their kids back to school.

"Well, we've done it in stages. We've gotten the big stuff first and then every now and then they're like, 'oh wait I forgot to get this,' so we've kept having to come back," said Lynn Jerzyk.

Jerzyk's nieces are going into the 6th and 8th grade. She says because they started shopping early, they found what they were looking for.

"If we waited until now, they probably wouldn't get what they wanted,"said Jerzyk.

"It is dwindling down quick, but we still have a lot of school supply," said Mark Wiegel, the manager at Shopko's Ashwaubenon location.

Wiegel explained some supplies sell faster than others, like notebooks featuring popular characters.

"Usually whatever is the hot new character for the year, they're always looking for that type of stuff. Last year it was Cars, Star Wars is always a big one," he explained.

Wiegel added, this week is usually busy but said Labor Day weekend is even busier., "They obviously start the day after Labor Day, so it's usually very busy that weekend and then that night before and that night of school starting is always very busy."

The aisles at Walmart on Mason Street are also fully stocked. The store says its last-minute rush comes the day before school starts and the week after.

The Shopko Foundation is also featuring a Tool for Teachers contest. Now through Sept. 3, teachers can register to receive a $500 grant for classroom supplies.

  • For information on how you can enter the contest click here.

According to the National Retail Federation, back to school spending is expected to reach $83 billion.

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