Saturday, May 18, 2013
Back-to-School Supplies Lists Look More Like Laundry Lists
The Anchorage School District provides parents with a generic school supply list, but many parents find that the individual schools require much more.
The countdown is on for Anchorage school kids with classes starting one week from today and a big part of getting ready is buying school supplies.
Families are out in force at local stores clutching lists from the Anchorage School District.
“I have twins who are going into second grade and a kindergartener, plus I am shopping for a friend who is out of state so we have a lot of supplies to get,” says mom Monica Tovsen minutes into her shopping trip. She was well on her way to finding what she needed.
The Anchorage School District tries to take the guesswork out by providing generic supply lists for elementary and middle school students. But many parents find their individual schools require much more.
“When I went to go register him for school they gave me his actual list and it's like three times bigger than what it is,” says Gina Chavez, the mother of a new middleschooler. “He needs a notebook for every class and they can’t be spiral, they have to be bound. They are very, very specific.”
Retailers work hard to have those supplies on hand because for them the back-to-school shopping season is a moneymaker that is second only to the holidays. And just like the holidays, many people feel they need to budget for it.