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It won't be long before your kids are getting on the bus and heading back to school.

Parents have begun the process of searching for backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks and more.

"You're always anxious to gear up for the new year. You have new ideas, new things you want to work on. Whatever it is you did last year that you think you can do better, you're excited to have an opportunity to do a better job," said Gary Price, Marion County Superintendent of Schools.

Price said the first day of school is an exciting time for everyone.

"Just like the students get excited to go into a new grade and have new teachers, teachers also get excited about walking into that classroom having some new faces anxious to learn," he said. "Everyone is ready to get started."

A lot goes into preparing for the first day.

Just like the students, teachers want brand new things for their classrooms.

"Each teacher has a certain amount of supply allocation. Then they order those through a system that we have. We always bid it out every year to a different company," Price said.

Items they don't get from the school board can be purchased at Kerri's Corner in Fairmont.

"We have classroom decorations for their bulletin boards. We have letters, we have paper, we have the books that they could need. Pencils, erasers, incentives for the kids. We have pretty much anything they could need for their classroom," said Kerri Childs, owner.

Childs said her store allows teachers from all over north central West Virginia to get ready for school, while supporting small businesses.

"If you shop locally, we get to know you. When you come in here and we know you teach second grade or whatever grade you teach, we can have exactly what you need whenever you come in," she said.

The needs of a teacher can vary from notebooks to pencils or even planners.

Whatever you need, Kerri's Corner can get it for you.

"If you are looking for something in particular and we don't have it, we can order it. It usually only takes three to four days to get it," Childs said.

Anything teachers need can be found within their county.

"Teachers have a lot of flexibility to use their supply money as needed in their individual classroom," Price said.