As teachers devise their lists, we feel confident that they are thinking hard about what their students truly will need for supplies. As schools move more toward the use of computers, Smart Boards and digital devices, we hope the reliance on so many family-provided items can ease up.
Another consideration as supply lists are compiled is the strain on young backs as students haul around the thick binders, notebooks and textbooks. The less they have to carry, the easier it will be on their growing bodies.
With Labor Day just 13 days away and summer vacation drawing to a close, people in our area are getting school supplies together. For some, it will be a serious strain on family finances, and we hope they are able to find help available in their communities.