Supply List!!!!

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Supply List!!!!
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Mon, 07-26-2010 - 6:52pm

OK. When I was in K-12 I had a pretty hefty supply list for my elementary classes

Sherry

 

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Registered: 05-16-2009
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 11:07pm

Sometimes the supply lists can get outragous!

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Registered: 11-05-2006
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 7:45am
I do think some people go crazy on supply lists.
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 9:41am

OSD will be in 7th grade this year and we had to buy one specific brand of scientific calculator. It couldn't be any other calculator and just about every place DH called about it or I searched online didn't have it. If we found it online, shipping was going to be nearly as much as the calculator itself. We finally found a place that did have it: 45 minutes away! We live in an extremely rural and poor county. There are parents who are going to barely afford a new pair of gym shoes for their children, let alone a specific brand of calculator.

A friend of mine was lamenting that her oldest daughter has to take 4 boxes of 48 count crayons for school. Someone suggested it was a typo but someone else brought up the point that there are many parents who just can't afford school supplies. Our community is doing a school supply drive for that very reason. It seems completely ridiculous to me for my colleagues to require students to have specific brand name items when they *know* that many families cannot afford to go out of town to buy one single item or even the item itself.

This is why my list of what students need is short (and it would be anyway since I teach high school students). I even donate leftover supplies students from previous years leave behind because I know there are students who are forced to buy their own supplies and are lucky if they can even pay for their PE uniform.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:01pm

We also have several churches and community groups that have done give-aways for school supplies. One church had people around the block at 7:00 AM in 95 degree heat and humidity to get supplies. I think that says a lot.


From what I've heard most lists are getting longer and longer. I think many teachers have had it with buying things out of pocket. I know I kept loaner pencils and paper but if we didn't have enough tissues donated they got to use a roll of paper towels from the restroom supplies.

Sherry