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  • Ask for Class Supply Lists Before School Ends

    I mentioned this over at LAUSD Magnet Schools & Beyond but wanted to share it here too …

    If you’re like me and you enjoy supporting your child’s school and individual teachers by providing classroom supplies, ask for a wishlist or supply list before school ends. You most likely won’t know who your child’s teacher will be in the fall, but the school may have a grade-wide list of supplies that all teachers need/want. And some requests are universal – every teacher I’ve met can use the following:

    • No. 2 pencils
    • Erasers
    • Glue sticks
    • Facial tissue (Kleenex)
    • Baby wipes
    • Antibacterial wipes (like Lysol or Clorox)

    I have lists for both of my sons’ grades next school year, and both lists also include crayons, color pencils, folders, colored printer paper, zip top bags in various sizes, dry erase markers, and band-aids.

    In the coming months, Staples, Office Depot, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and other stores will start their back to school sales. It’s a great time to stock up on supplies at rock bottom prices, and I’ll be running my annual Back to School Sales series when the sales start up.

    I don’t know about other areas, but with all of the budget cuts in the Los Angeles Unified School District, public education really only works now if parents, teachers and the administration are a team. Presenting your child’s teacher with a gift of supplies sends the message that you’re there to support and help them, and can help everyone get the year off to a great start.