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Why are parents stocking classrooms?

Why is it that we pay taxes for school, but we also have to buy classroom supplies, teachers supplies, etc.

This year when I enrolled my kids in school about a month ago they gave me a list for each child.

I bought everything on those list. It cost around $200.

Then the first day of school was Thursday and they brought home another list from each teacher requiring that I buy even more. That cost around another $100.

I still have to pay a $5 fee for home economics, $5 activity fee for each one, and buy gym clothes. And the gym clothes were $78 for the three of them.

The uniforms are even more expensive. Here is what I have had to buy for the three of them for Vidalia High School and Vidalia Junior High School:

3 Trapper Keepers

5 composition books

11 one subject notebooks

1 three subject notebook

3 pencil bags

3 packs of eraseable ink pens

4 packs of color pencils

1 protractor

1 compass

2 packs graph paper

8 packs loose leaf paper

9 packs of mechanical pencils

3 packs of dividers

4 boxes of Kleenex

6 rolls of paper towels

2 packs white board markers

3 boxes of baby wipes

3 bottles of hand sanitizer

1 pump soap

1 bottle of Purex laundry soap

1 bottle of dish washing liquid

And this is only the second day. Please see why we have to pay a taxes and do all this. This is public school. A lot of the parents I know are outraged by this. If you are concerned about the supply list, please join me in writing a letter to the newspaper expressing your experiences.

Shanda Kugler

Vidalia resident


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