I know, I know, I mentioned this last year. But lots of my readers are new! They haven't had the opportunity to listen to me going on and on about buying school supplies! Maybe, if you're all lucky, this will seem normal to me by next year.
Here is the list of school supplies for 2nd graders at Baxter's school. Now, you know I love me some office supplies, but even for the likes of me, spending $100 on this stuff every year seems a bit much. And imagine having 2 or 3 kids in school at the same time! Remember, this is public school; for some families this $100-$300 is a much greater hardship than it is for us. But it's required. Note that at the bottom of the sheet, there's a strong request for us to "donate" a few things; I had to ask bitterly as I was shopping, "And what is all this other stuff I just put in my cart, if not a donation??"
Of course, I know that if parents didn't take care of these supplies here in Illinois, the teacher would be purchasing them herself. It's not her fault that we have to buy so much, it's obviously a school funding issue.
In San Francisco, families aren't asked to bring a single thing to school - they may not have a fabulous school system, but somehow they were able to come up with some pencils and paper, for goodness sake.