NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Kids across Eastern Carolina are enjoying those last few days of summer break before the first day of school next week, but teachers are already hard at work getting their classrooms ready for the new school year.
At J.T. Barber Elementary School the teachers have been working hard to fix up more than just their classrooms.
Artwork and message boards fill every hallway of the elementary school in an effort to get kids excited about learning and tackling a new school year.
Teachers are busy at work ahead of Monday's start date, making sure their classrooms are ready to go.
That means putting up calendars, getting desks ready and collecting supplies to make sure every student has what they need to learn to the best of their ability.
"You don't want your students to come inside the classroom and have to even worry about what they have or what they don't have, we want everything there and prepared for them, so initially we make sure what may be missing or what we think will may run out, we have enough to replenish it throughout the school year," says Shamella Shy, a third grade teacher.
Teachers say without the help of supply drives like Stuff the Bus and the classroom items on school supply lists, they would have to pay for many things for their classroom out of their own pocket.
Administrators say the items on your child's school list, like Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer, are important to keep germs from spreading, which means kids take less sick days and are learning a lot more. Teachers say they go through things like glue sticks and markers by the middle of the year.
Most schools in Eastern Carolina will kick off the new school year on Monday.