Saturday, August 05, 2006

Back to School shopping

The wife went out to buy some school supplies for the kids. I remember this from when I was a child, but the list seems slightly longer than when I was in school. I remember buying Kleenex, crayons, pencils, a pencil box, an eraser, and paste. I may have had to bring more, but I don't recall.

This year, the shopping list for The Boy included one pencil sharpener, three glue sticks, two packs of index cards, crayons, a ruler, markers, TWO pairs of scissors, 800 sheets of wide-rule paper, 6 spiral notebooks, 6 manila folders, Glue, Disinfecting wipes, sandwich bags, pencil box, soap AND Purel, Construction paper, manila paper, a box of tissues, and six folders with brads and pockets.

I always thought that a right to free public education was more or less free. I feel like we're buying the supplies for the district here.

5 comments:

Matthew said...

It sounds as though the school is putting the kids to work manufacturing some variety of goods.

janet said...

Sounds like our house, but times it by three. And the oldest is in "gifted" classes, which means adding dry-erase markers, protractors, ZIPPER 3-ring binders, and a multitude of very specific types of folders. And I won't even go into the $200 in school fees on top of all of that AND the nasty school lunches that are $2 per kid. UNreal.

Gramma said...

Good grief! I haven't taken a look at our school supplies lists. I wonder if they are as outrageous? Soap? Wipes? Doesn't Texas put ANY money into education? Oh yeah, it's all going into NCLB programs now, instead of custodial supplies...

Hannelie said...

Oh dear, what a list, but is sounds pretty much like as in Aust. Our lists get longer every year and for us it's High school nxt year!! There goes my budget!

Michelle said...

LOL, i hear you on this one! I dread high school $$$$