Parents prepare for school supply sticker shock
Brace yourself, parents – those school supplies are a little on the expensive side.
USA Today reported that prices jumped an average of 7.3 percent this year.
Part of the problem stems from what’s on the list. For many schools, pens aren’t a factor. In their place? Reams of copy paper. I’ve talked to parents with lists that range from cleaning wipes to sandwich bags.
Teachers have told me that they simply don’t have the money to purchase items for their classrooms. One said her budget allowed for crayons and pencils, which cost less, and in turn, she needed to rely on parents for more expensive items like dry erase board markers.
Teachers and students alike face enough challenges in the education system each day – supplies should be the least of their worries. If you can, give your neighborhood school a call and ask how you can help.
I’m sure they will appreciate it.