With the beginning of the school year about three weeks away, parents are busy stocking up on school supplies.
At the same time, teachers are doing the same planning on many students being unprepared.
Several teachers telling 13 Action News they have spent well over $1,000 on supplies for their classrooms.
Many saying they buy supplies for students that come unprepared because basics like pencils and crayons can mean the difference between student catching on or falling behind.
"I can talk until I am blue in the face, but if they can't write what I am saying they are not going to remember it at all," 4th-grade teacher Lynn Pederson said. "Without having the materials to be hands on it is really not doing them any good."
13 Connects Supplies For Success: Teacher Supply Drive
is one way the community can help teachers fill some of the gaps in their supply closets.