FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - In places like Fulton, the Itawamba Community College campus is almost deserted.
Students are out of class all this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.
That leaves businesses in town like Subway much quieter than normal.
Store employee Carla Harris said, "When school's out, we're just bored. We just clean and beg customers to come see us."
Store officials say the students and all the other employees at ICC can make up well over half their usual business and, without them, there is a noticeable drop in sales during week's like this.
Harris said, "This week in ordering, our truck comes on Thursday. I ordered half of what I normally do because I knew that we weren't going to have the business for it. Instead of the product going out of date, we just cut the order in half pretty much when we're ordering."
There are some 2,600 students who attend classes at the ICC Fulton campus. There are more than 300 full and part time employees.
Other businesses we talked to say they too are impacted when the students all leave.
Some of them employ students who go to school here.
However, the deserted campus does give ICC staff members who are still here a chance to catch up!
For maintenance employee Danny Eads, it's a lot easier to do a clean sweep of parking lots with no vehicles in them.
Eads said, "It's a lot easier when all the kids are gone. We can get around and get stuff cleaned up."
He says it's odd not having the usual traffic on campus.
Both he and people like Carla Harris at Subway say during this Thanksgiving week, they're truly thankful for all those students who'll soon return.