ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Fourth graders at Julington Creek Elementary got a jump-start on the school year by attending a meet and greet Friday. They were able to meet their teachers, and find their seats before classes begin Monday.
Teacher Mrs. Clark said the purpose "just to see those faces, and get all the jitters out. So Monday, we're ready to come in and sit down, and get ready to go."
Getting ready to go means getting school supplies.
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According to the National Retail Federation, families with kids this age will spend about $90 on school supplies this year. That's only about $5 less than they did last year.
We found out local parents are making out a little better.
Mom Elda Spackman said with a laugh, "Oh, about $50. It's always expensive."
Mom Kristen Laughlin said, "We're shopping those sales, going to Target and Staples."
According to the NRF, total spending on back-to-school is expected to reach $26.7 billion nationwide.