Schools are asking parents to supply a lot more than crayons, scissors and glue sticks, reports the New York Times.
When Emily Cooper headed off to first grade in Moody, Ala., last week, she was prepared with all the stuff on her elementary school’s must-bring list: two double rolls of paper towels, three packages of Clorox wipes, three boxes of baby wipes, two boxes of garbage bags, liquid soap, Kleenex and Ziplocs.
This has been a trend for several years, but it’s worse this year, reports the Times.
OfficeMax is featuring items like Clorox wipes in its school displays and is running two-for-one specials on cleaners like gum remover and disinfectant spray. Office Depot has added paper towels and hand sanitizer to its back-to-school aisles. Staples’ school fliers show reams of copy paper on sale, while Walgreens’ fliers are running back-to-school discounts on Kleenex.
At Pauoa Elementary School in Honolulu, students are asked to bring a four-pack of toilet paper.
If parents don’t bring supplies, teachers often buy them out of their own salaries, a superintendent admits.