I am sure we are blessed, I was curious what I could expect when we move!
I don't have a problem with sending in any of these things. They are the same types of things my parents had to buy for me and I went to private schools.
If parents cannot afford these items, they are provided out of a fund raised and administered by the PTA
[list][*]lined white paper[*]dividers[*]pens (blue/black, red and green)[*]pencils[*]eraser[*]pencil case[*]coloring pencils/crayons[*]ruler[*]highlighter
Don't know about elementary, but in high school they would also be responsible for calculators for alegbra/geometry (those suckers cost mega $$$). I would say for the most part our county has $, but I guess they spend it on other things.
Oh, I'm also able to request items to be used in my classroom for the students, so when items go missing/lost or just not purchased, students aren't left with nothing. I provide construction paper, glue, scissors, etc. if I'm doing an in class assignment. If it's something they are to do at home, they provide the materials. If a kid needed something and couldn't afford it, I tell them to come to me and I get it to them. Our school has a budget to provide for that.
Growing up back to school was easily $50 per kid. Then there was the book fee to use the school provided books. That was included in the $50 guess on my part, usually $20. It was not something that was refunded if you took care of the books, either.
And that is city wide which runs the full way between very high income and very poverty stricken. I taught in high school as an assistant teacher and she would actually give the students a failing grade every day they showed up without thier cupplies. I made notebook deviders out of old file folders and brought pencils but she wouldn't let me just give them out. the students hed to walk up and ask up to help them (how humiliating! ) The school aslo sold a set up for about $20 that included the forsaken notebook and and all it entailed.
Tye schools don't provide anything although some sympathetic teachers will help out of thier own pocket. The local soup kithen (Carolyn Downs has a special place in heaven reserved her I tell you. She is a saint.) collects and distributes school supplies including back packs to anyone in need. And all you have to do to qualify is show up. No paper work, check stubs or copy of your income tax forms. You just have to show up. As far as I know no one has ever been turned away. the people in the community, bussinesses etc. . . all join into whatever they decide to do to help. this year I think they are including new shoes. or maybe they do that every year. Because it is just to sad to be the only person to start the new school year without new shoes.
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I love the smell of school supplies in the morning.
I live in a very poor area.
We had to buy for K:
Papertowels 3 rolls
Hand sanitizer 3 bottles
tissues 3 boxes
two different sizes ziplock bags
some other junk I do not even remember
I spent about $50 for K supplies.
My third grader "only" needed about $30 worth of classroom supplies.
AND, the kids do not get to take home any books to study with, there are not enough books to go around in the classrooms for everyone. They have to share.
3 boxes of Kleenex
1 box baby wipes
1 roll of film
10 glue sticks
12 Ticonderoga pencils (bring sharpened)
I know I am forgetting some things....
Now they just do a school supply fee and you bring nothing but your backpack on the first day. The fee was $20 last year and is $30 this year. I am sure I'd pay that much if I was buying it myself. I don't mind paying it - and I know they can get more buying everything in bulk, as well as fewer issues when all the pencils are the same as opposed to some bringing special purple sparkle pencils and some having the regular ones - but I do miss the sentimentality of taking dd to the store to pick out the folders, which color ruler, etc. I remember loving that each summer.