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Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:06 am | Updated: 8:21 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Teachers, principals and even the new Tempe Elementary School District superintendent walked door-to-door in the early hours of Wednesday to remind students that school is about to start.

About 6,000 district employees hung door hangers at every home in the district, reminding students that school begins Monday.

"Some parents don’t even know school starts yet," said Mark Franciosa, a teacher at Fees Middle School, just before he hopped on a bus that spread district employees throughout the city.

In Arizona, school begins much earlier than in other states, catching many newcomers and mobile families off guard. But employees said they’ve noticed a vast improvement since the "Start Smart" door-to-door campaign began six years ago.

The Scottsdale Unified School District plans to follow suit this year, after Tempe Elementary’s former Superintendent John Baracy moved to the north district. Tempe’s new superintendent, Arthur Tate, plans on keeping up the campaign in Tempe.

First-day enrollment plays a large role in school funding from the state.

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