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Parents Sound Off About School Supply Purchases


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We asked you, our faithful readers, the following question on Facebook and Twitter: 

How do you feel about the amount of school supplies many schools ask parents to buy for their children, and about how much do you typically spend per child?

Here are your answers. Feel free to share this article and comment on it below to keep the conversation going.




Mostly ridiculous. 5+ boxes of crayons? Lists socialize supplies for those who don't bring them in.
— Brian Hammill

I don't know how much it adds up to over the year per child, however, my view is that although it is very nice to have low property taxes, buying school supplies is the price we pay. One way or the other, the budget for supplies needs to come from somewhere. Our school ran out of paper before the end of the school year. It's sad that they have to send out a plea to parents to please send in reams to finish out the year.
— Laura Sokol-Meade

I'm a teacher and we just don't get $ to supply supplies (or it comes out of MY pocket). So we have a list that we do per grade level. It goes home in the report cards at the end of the year. Over the summer the lists go on the school website. And I'm a mom, so I get both sides of this issue. I look for sales at Wal-Mart, Target and Staples. It's about $20 per kid plus the price of a bookbag & lunch box so about $50. Copies = we/teacher only get a certain amount.
— Deborah Jones Bowen

I thought the lottery was supposed to be pumping money into the education system. Clearly it is not paying for any classroom supplies. I just spent over $50 for my first-grader.
— Summer Ammann

For first grade the expectation is that the teacher doesn't send homework papers anymore. We parents have to visit the teacher's website and print out each homework assignment to "save paper." (How does that save paper???) Plus, that's on top of $120 in school-supplies_002.jpgsupplies that were referenced above. Again, this is first grade. My kid is 6 ... Gotta' say, not that impressed with how this is going.

— Chandra Green
I have no problem spending money on school supplies. I don't mind donating extra for kids that might not have what they need. But I get so mad every year at the long list of items on the list that I obediently buy that don't get used!! Nine notebooks, yep I bought them ... even though my child used only one. Five composition books — used two.
— Tina Craft

We just spent $115 for a year-round middle school student. We don't get any sales late July or early August because we've already been in school for a month by then. It's sad when schools can't provide tissues and paper products.
— Tricia Gatte Andrews

We're with Tricia — $100+ for our sixth-grader in year-round school. Her team of teachers asked for separate five-subject notebooks for each class, which cost $7 each for a total of $28. It is a major waste, because they end up stapling notes into the pages. We are fortunate that this does not present a hardship for us, but I really feel for parents who have to dip into their budgets to pay for supplies.
— Karen Lewis Taylor

I am more than happy to supply what I can for the school but I do feel for those who cannot afford the brand-specific lists. Not including the book bag and lunch bag, my required school supplies cost $65 for my kindergartener. I also plan on purchasing items on the wish list, which will cost more.
— Mrugesh and Rebecca Patel

Small price to pay for good public schools!
— Andria Kuzeff Rosell

I used to dread these lists especially when we ourselves were cash-strapped. Its like the schools thought everyone lived in Preston and could spend hundreds of dollars on wipes, tissues, calculators, crayons (EVERY YEAR!), colored pencils, pencil boxes, Post-its, clear plastic sheet protectors.. It got ridiculous. Finally by Middle school they eased off.
— Lindsey Chester

I will buy whatever is on the list for my kids to have what they need, and I'm generous to the teacher's wish list items as well. It irritates me when the list asks for specific items or brands... And I purchase those items for my kids... Only to see them using dollar store crap that someone else bought because it all goes into community supplies for the whole class. For example, buying the plastic folders that were requested, for my daughter to end up using cheap paper folders that fall apart easily. Or when I purchase crayola, only for my kids to be stuck with the asbestos crayons at their table. It is very frustrating.
— Marsha Hoogsteen

I don't mind buying school supplies but I despised it in elementary school when items like glue sticks were put in a "community box."
— Candy Wilhelm Distel

Part of the problem with the younger grades is those kids have no idea how to conserve what they have. I've volunteered in the classroom and watched kids grab a tissue, swipe at their nose and toss it. Then grab another. And don't get me started on the glue sticks. I only wish the lists to be out early so I can buy on sale or in bulk. I'm still using folders and notebooks I bought two years ago. The classics never go off the list.
— Gina Caldanaro

This is why I always buy extra when it is on sale. Then pull it out through the year as needed.
— Heather Hatt

Editor's note: We may add additional comments as we receive them.

Updated July 21, 2015.

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Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
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  Meet at the Waterwise Garden (first parking lot on right) Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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Calling all Black tech leaders and visionaries! Are you looking to spur future collaborations, discover new business and career opportunities, and invest in this community? Join us for T.H.E. State...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Durham Convention Center
301 W Morgan St
Durham, NC  27701
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Contact Name: Tarryn Henry
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
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Want to do more to help out your community park? Do you like history, the environment, agriculture, and/or the arts? Consider volunteering at Yates Mill! Join us anytime during the program time to...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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The 16th Annual (Virtual) Beaver Queen Pageant, Beavers in the Stream! The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-423-1502
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion,...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-698-9729
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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