Back to school shopping

Ugh. Once upon a time those words inspired great joy in my life. I loved buying school supplies (confession: I still do). I’m an office supply hoarder; so why am I ugh-ing it now? Because the list of things the school is requiring parents to provide is utterly ridiculous and unrealistic.

  • 2 24 packs of #2 yellow pencils (no designs)
  • 24 glue sticks
  • 2 plastic solid blue folders with fasteners (no designs)
  • 2 plastic solid red folders with pockets only (no designs)
  • 5 pkgs Crayola brand 24 count crayons
  • 1 pkg. 200 ct. Kleenex tissues
  • 2 pkgs of disinfectant wipes
  • 1 pkg of Colored Copy Paper (not cardstock)
  • 3 composition notebooks (black & white cover only)

I understand they need these things…but why does it seem like I am supplying it for the whole class? 5 packs of Crayola brand crayons? Why are they getting brand specific?

Yes, I know school funding is tight, and I’m a children’s education advocate. I love schools, but I also pay taxes already. In two counties (one in where I work, and one in where I live). I’m even okay with supplying a few extra things as back up or in case another child may not be able to get everything on this list. Here is a list I’d be less grumpy about:

  • 2 24 packs of #2 yellow pencils (no designs)
  • 24  3 glue sticks
  • 2 plastic solid blue folders with fasteners (no designs)
  • 2 plastic solid red folders with pockets only (no designs)
  • 5 2 pkgs Crayola brand 24 count crayons
  • 1 pkg. 200 ct. Kleenex tissues
  • 2 pkgs of disinfectant wipes
  • 1 pkg of Colored Copy Paper (not cardstock)
  • 3 2 composition notebooks (black & white cover only)

This is a more reasonable list. I understand pencils breaking, losing, etc. My kid does not need 24 glue sticks. When I was in school we only bought 3, and that was just fine. Folders I understand. She does not need 5 packages of name brand crayons; she doesn’t even need 5 packages. 2 would be plenty. Tissues I get. Kids are germy (so what about hand sanitizer?!) I’d be okay supplying maybe one pack of disinfectant wipes, but that seems more janitorial. Since when did we supply their copy paper? It’s just a little frustrating, but with shrinking budgets I can understand. As for the composition notebooks…okay, maybe three, but by the end of the year my kid better be an author if they are going to write that much.

It’s just a little excessive to me. This list will cost me between $50 and $100 on top of whatever school clothes she needs…and a backpack.

What kind of school lists do your kids have, and what is your opinion?

About Christina

Hi! My name is Christina. I'm a mom to an amazing little boy and a sweet little girl, Wife, Christian, writer, avid reader, and Librarian. I'm very passionate about life and I hope that my posts may help someone out there who needs a little pick me up or some reassurance.
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