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Getting Ready To Head 'Back to School'

They're Playing That Song Again

You know the commercial, where the parents are singing because the kids are headed back to school!

“It's the most wonderful time of the year....”

As much as we love all the summer adventures, there is much to be said about the joys and structure of the school year for local families.

With just a few short days before the bus arrives and the doors to the schools open, parents are making their lists and checking it twice. Our list: sneakers, backpack, lunch box, notebooks and supplies, clothes, socks....

The good news is that this week, August 21-27 is week in Connecticut for clothes and shoes.

Here are a few local ideas for all your back-to-school needs:

The best local resources for back to school supplies, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers etc, high on the list for easy and reasonable are , , and .

Nearby Staples in Old Saybrook and Target have low cost bins that will fill in the gaps. The selection of backpacks and lunch bags at these local stores is great as well.

Next on the list is shoes and sneakers so we head to , , Zoomies, Payless in Old Saybrook, and Stride Rite at Tanger Outlets in Westbrook.

Thinking about music lessons you may want to contact the , and for dance lessons contact the in town or Westbrook Dance Academy. offers great Fall sport programs for all ages. For basic sports equipment stop by .

A great local source for back to school clothes is our own , , and with the in our backyard bargains galore exist for jeans, jackets, and everything in between.

We also scheduled all our doctor, dentist and vet visits this month so as not to interupt the school day.

Finish up those math and reading packets now so the kids can enjoy their last few weeks of freedom and last minute vacation excursions, campouts and picnics.

And by all means stop by , , The Carousel at Lenny and Joe's, or for the last of summer's yummy ice creams.

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