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Scott Haws ReportingIt's crunch time for many parents this week because one week from today thousands of students will be heading back to school. And that means shopping carts are filling up with everything from notebooks and paper to new shirts and shoes.
Local retailers are welcoming parents hitting the sales with a little extra cash in their pockets, that's if they haven't already spent their tax rebate checks.
Almost everyone expecting a check from the government has received it by now. In fact, some stores have been advertising they will cash your check from Uncle Sam, of course hoping you'll spend it before you leave.
The sounds of school in session are oh so sweet for retailers banking on the annual shopping spree to keep registers ringing.
Lonnie Taylor, Shopper: “We started shopping at 8 a.m. this morning; what time is it now?”
Mother of four Lonnie Taylor is on the home stretch with her last child today, but this year she's counting on some extra much needed cash for back to school shopping.
Lonnie Taylor, Shopper: “You mean the tax rebate check? I haven’t got it, I’m still waiting.”
George Garee, Shopper: “We used a little bit of our check. It was great to get.”
And if the lines look long at stores, they were even longer at the state's newest school. It was the first day for everyone today at Foothills Elementary in Riverton, including the person calling the shots.
Kyle Hansen is the principal of Foothills, the third of twenty schools slated to open in the Jordan School District by 2010.
Kyle Hansen, Principal, Foothills Elementary School: “It’s been wild. The kids, teachers and parents have all been excited to get the year started.”