FORT MYERS, Fla. - Some Fort Myers kids got one last taste of summer Sunday afternoon. The Covenant Presbyterian Church on McGregor gave the kids a treat before their first day of school, complete with water balloons, slides and ice cream.
"We're wearing them out," said Meg Hawthorne who has one child starting First Grade and another starting Kindergarten.
"They'll go home, they'll get their bags packed and of we'll go."
Nearly 95,000 students in Lee and Charlotte Counties are going back to school on Monday. Two weeks earlier than normal, in order to get all the state tests completed before winter break.
Anne Schorle is starting her first day at her new job. The 38 year old will be teaching First Grade at Sunshine Elementary. It's been a life long dream of hers, she's spent the last 11 years at home with her kids.
"I'm just excited to do what I wanted to do my entire life," said Schorle, "hopefully make a difference in kids lives for the better."
This year's first day of school could be the last for Tice Elementary. The school is in bad need of repairs and the school board is considering a number of options including possibly shutting it down.
Last month community activist Israel Suarez organized the Freedom March, a protest against violence and a rally behind Tice school. Suarez the community needs the school to stay open.
"So many people in the Tice area have been going to that school," said Suarez.
Back to school also means slower commutes for almost everyone. Nearly 600 buses will be hitting the roads Monday morning in Lee County.
Schools in Collier County will start on August 22nd.