It’s that time again! The school supply lists are out and parents are counting the cost of sending their children back to the classroom. For many the list is just a minor inconvenience, but for others it’s a major hit to the budget. The average cost of supplies for a first grader at our local school is $40-60, depending on the price of the backpack.
Someone has already asked me why there are tissues and paper towels and wipes and paper plates on so many lists. I can only answer from my own experience. Children are messy! They have runny noses, get glue on their fingers, spill things often, and don’t remember to wash their hands in the restroom. I also asked my students to wipe their desks at the end of each day. And the paper plates are mostly used for art projects. You’ll figure that out when your proud little artist brings home his first masterpiece.
Each year I extend a challenge to you to give up something on your entertainment agenda and donate $20 in cash or supplies to a student or classroom. This year you might be able to give more, or perhaps your circumstances have changed and you need to give less. Rest assured that even one box of crayons or wet wipes will be appreciated. Please try to donate by September 1. Thank you!