First-grade teacher Teri Densford, replaces letters in the "Computer Cove" of her beach-themed classroom at Southwestern Elementary School on Monday. Courierarea teachers are preparing for the return of students for the fall term. Densford, beginning her 31st year at Southwestern, has spent most of that time teaching first grade. "This is the year they really start to grasp reading. When they start walking down the hall and realizing they can read and understand signs on their own - you can't beat that." (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/