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Local stores packed with back-to-school shoppers

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  "Excited, overwhelmed, nervous."

Those are emotions being felt by students, parents and teachers alike as the countdown to the new school year ticks on.

Lines were long in the North Columbus Staples Saturday as folks tried to snag some last minute deals.

"A lot of families are taking advantage of the 25 cent deals and the dollar deals and buying in bulk for back to school," said Tonja Fergerson, the Operations Manager for Staples.

First time teachers Arin Edge and Stephanie Billings are using the tax free holiday weekend in Georgia to help them put the finishing touches on their classrooms.

"Trying to get stuff for our students. I know there's going to be students who can't afford materials so we're just trying to supplement what we can," said Edge, a Harris County teacher.

"Buying the supplies that we may or may not have for the first day and the art supplies, the paper just in case and preparing the lesson plans," added Billings, a Muscogee County educator.

And while some were saving, others were giving back in Columbus.

At Rivertown School of Beauty, kids got free haircuts and school supplies to help get them ready for their big day.

"We're in a recession and it's kind of hard to get a lot of things right now. It really is helpful," said Stacey Pulling, a parent.

"I need these supplies. I need everything I can to help me along with my kids this school year," added Christie Woods, another parent.

Over in the Booker T. Washington Apartments, 100 kids were also given what they need for class thanks to the generosity of local community groups like the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley and the Essence of Beauty Motorcycle Club.

"I understand how the economy how the economy is going right now and it's different for everyone so if we just give back to one child, that's one less child that has to worry about having school supplies for this upcoming year," said Lee Ray Bennett, President of the Essence of Beauty.

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