T-minus one week until area kids head back to school

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Teachers across the nation are preparing and decorating their rooms and getting ready for the start of school.

On average, teachers here in Central Illinois can spend up to three weeks preparing for the kids to come back to school especially when we’re talking grade school.

“I’ve been teaching for 29-years,” says Gina Workheiser, 1st grade teacher at Dunlap. 

Gina Workheiser is no rookie when it comes to prepping for school, but over the years, back to school preps have changed. 

“This is my home away from home,” says Workheiser. “I’m here a lot and I want it to be just right.” 

From hanging decorations, to adding color and some exciting classroom teaching tools, classroom prep can set the tone for the school year. 

“I still enjoy it,’ says Workheiser. “I get excited about it. I can’t wait for the first day of school.”

“The amount of time and work that we put in to making the rooms special for their students or for their kids, it means so much to us,” says Marissa Benavidez, 4th grade teacher at Dunlap.  

On average, teachers spend nearly $500 a year on their classrooms, and Benavidez says it’s worth it.

“I feel really great,” says Benavidez. “It reminds me of when I was you know, young and all the good memories kind of flood in as I’m creating my classroom and it’s a fun time.”

Dunlap and Peoria Public Schools, go back on Wednesday of next week. 

Bloomington Normal schools head back on Thursday and by two weeks time, colleges will be back in session.

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