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August 25, 2013

Parents share advice for school supply lists

PLATTSBURGH — Press-Republican Facebook readers seem fairly understanding of having to purchase school supplies for their children.

But some did have suggestions for how schools could make it easier on family wallets.

We asked our Facebook readers what they thought of families buying school supplies. Here are some of the responses:

Judy Laramie: “Why not? I did for my kids when they were in school. What does concern me however is the long lists of items needed.”

Vince O’Driscoll: “Teacher’s supply budgets have been hacked to almost nothing. If parents didn’t buy supplies, there would be none.”

Courtney Mae Menard: “I think it’s ridiculous when they specify brand! Some people can’t afford all name brand stuff!”

Nikki Edwards: “I’ve been spoiled the last 6 years because my daughter’s school supplied everything they needed. Now she’s in the middle school and it’s an expense I have to budget for. Thank goodness for low prices at Walmart and Target.”

Hannah Bushey: “I never realized it was an issue. I know many teachers, and most of them spend quite a bit of money out of their own pockets to cover classroom supplies that their budgets do not cover as it is. So if I have to supply some crayons and glue sticks, I won’t complain.”

Marcey McDonald: “Having 5 boys (in school) it would have been nice even if pencils were donated... the lists are not that much in the smaller grades... it’s when they hit the bigger grades and need tons of them!”

Lise Davidson: “I don’t mind to a point. But, sometimes when teachers get too specific, you can’t get a good price as it can only be found in one place. Sometimes the list is quite long and the items never get used. That is wasting my money. I also remember a year when the teacher asked for red pens to correct with. That I felt was crossing the line.”

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