I just saw the list of supplies that they are required to bring/or have during the school year. Both of their parents are unable to find work, have no resources to purchase these items, and I'm wondering how many others are in the same position and cannot afford all this stuff to start school? They are on state aid as it is, and I'm in no position to help either. I'm 70 yrs. old on a fixed income and what I have been able to send, in no way will be enough to purchase these items. What happens to them now?
Have your relatives contact the school directly. If this is a public school, they typically make it clear these supplies are optional. While the schools are struggling with reduced funding, supply lists are one way to cut down on school expenses by allowing parents to take advantage of back to school sales while not impacting most families terribly. In their case, it will impact them, so different arrangements need to be made.
The school might already have some supplies for students unable to afford the cost. Also look around your community. Many charities have back-to-school drives where they offer school supplies and school clothes to needy families.
In addition, many schools go out and have parents purchase additional supplies to be given to the students with limited financial means. When glue is a quarter or paper is 10 cents, some families opt to buy a little more and donate it.
The whole goal is to avoid having the teacher out of pocket.
But have them call quickly, so that you can have some piece of mind.
Hi Sannylou, many churches and food pantries have school supply drives in late summer or early Fall. I would ask at the larger places of worship in your town if they have drives. Sometimes local newspapers have them as well.
Also, some schools have small stipends or scholarships available to pay for school supplies or field trip expenses. Ask the office staff if any are available for you.79558
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