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Back To School Shopping Boosts Stores Sales

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It's that time of year when parents, teachers and students are starting to hit the stores getting ready to head back to school. Local stores are chalking up revenue as students head back to the chalk boards.

Going back to school is not always easy.

"I like summer," said Target Range student Camille Parmiter. "I don't want to go back, because I don't like doing homework."

Camille is already preparing for eighth grade by getting a head start on her back-to-school shopping.

"Somebody will have something that you wish you would have got, so that's why she likes to go early," said Camille's mother Barbara Parmiter.

Whether their getting ready for middle school, or elementary school, managers at local stores say this week, stores are seeing more customers lining up for the latest school supplies.

"Decorating lockers seemed to be a big thing, so we have a lot of locker chandeliers and a lot of wall paper," said Target manager, Jason McCullouch.

National Retail Federation predicts families with school-aged kids will spend about $630 on new clothes, supplies and electronics this year. That's down from nearly $690 last year.

McCullouch said this week is just the beginning of the madness. He says next week Target stores reach their peak in customers as students prepare to head back to college.

"It's kind of second to Christmas for us, especially in Missoula, with the college kids coming back, and all the local kids heading back to school," McCulloch said.

With the boost in sales several local stores are giving back to the community. People can donate $1 or more at any Staples store, for the "Staples for Students" school supply drive. The proceeds go to school supplies for children in need. At target, if you use a Target Redcard, 1% of what you spend goes to local schools.

"Lots of trucks, lots of merchandise, we're ready for everyone to come in," McCulloch said.

Missoula County Public Schools, grades K-9 start August 28, while upper classmen start on the 29th.

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