Posted on Facebook by a Gwinnett County mom:
Teacher friends, you may not want to read this…
WTH is the deal with the school supply lists this year??? I KNOW I complain every year, but 6 DOZ sharpened pencils? 15 pocket folders? And once we buy all the ‘requested’ supplies, we still, STILL have to make a ’suggested’ 10.00 school supply donation per child??? I am friggin’ bleeding money this week!!!
Sorry…couldn’t keep it in anymore.
This mom’s post prompted quite a discussion with parents and teachers weighing in. Other moms were equally irritated by the long lists and the sharpened pencils (why do they need to be sharpened?) but then also bristled at the suggestion of not sending stuff in at all. One teacher commented that she would rather have $5 per kid so she could get exactly what she wanted the kids to have instead of what was on the grade-level list.
Walsh will be going to a different elementary school than Rose this year and while it’s only about a mile away and in the same school district, their supply list is much shorter. What’s up with that? I don’t think the demographics of the school are that different. Maybe they are just allocating their funds differently?
A new survey conducted by independent research firm Toluna and released by Buy.com looked at how families planned to spend for back-to-school items. It surveyed more than 350 parents and found that:
“…The majority of parents (82 percent) will be spending the same or less than last year on back-to-school shopping, leaving only 18 percent spending more than previous years.
40 percent of moms are planning to spend the minimum for back-to-school season, citing a tough economy as the reason to buy less.
22 percent of dads plan to spend more this year, with an average planned spend of $210 for dads vs. $171 for moms.
More than half (52 percent) of moms are most excited about picking out clothing and shoes, as opposed to the basic school supplies (25 percent), backpacks/lunchboxes (11 percent), art equipment (10 percent) or electronics (three percent).
A third (28 percent) of parents referred to back-to-school shopping as a ‘necessary evil,’ and 10 percent said ‘I’d rather be doing anything else.’ ”
So will the economy affect how much you spend on back-to-school supplies? Will you be spending more or less than you did last year or the year before?
What is your school asking for? (Six dozen pencils does seem like a lot!) What would be reasonable to you?
Where do you find the best deals for supplies? What the best time to shop – one week before, two weeks, three? I haven’t bought anything yet so I’m planning to head out this weekend and get the job done. I may be too late for the best deals.
On a related topic, I wanted to share an opportunity to give to less fortunate schools in Atlanta by just using certain coupons while you shop.
Procter & Gamble and Communities in Schools of Atlanta have launched a GIVE Education campaign to develop awareness of student dropout crisis in Atlanta and the U.S. Every nine seconds of each school day, a young person drops out of high school in the U.S., and nearly one-third of high school students fail to graduate on time. In Georgia approximately 22,000 young people drop out of high school each year.
Every time you use coupons from the P&G brandSaver coupon booklet in this Sunday’s AJC, two cents will be donated to the Communities in Schools helping provide human, financial and community resources. The donation is uncapped so the more coupons you use the more money the schools will get.
Communities in Schools of Atlanta served 74 schools in Atlanta and DeKalb County with enrollments of 46,000 students and their families during the 2010-2011 school year.
For more info go to www.facebook.com/pgmygive.
Seems like a pretty pain-free opportunity to give to other schools that may have less than our own.
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajc.com Momania