School supplies can strain budgets - where to get help
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Parents and guardians bidding their children to school must also prepare to bid goodbye to an average of $85 for their school supplies.
Supply costs are flat compared to last year but have risen about 25 percent in the past decade according to the National Retail Federation.
Throughout Everett, Monroe and Snohomish school districts, the lists include the traditional assortment of No. 2 pencils, notebooks and binders, but some classes can require budget-doubling equipment, as band parents know.
In other cases, tradition has given way to savings: Everett’s Evergreen Middle School notes that students who have smartphones do not need to purchase calculators.
If cost is an issue, check prices online or in print ads for deals like 25 cent notebooks from Staples through Aug. 25, and buy-one-get-one free offers that can benefit siblings or friends willing to pool supplies.
There is some assistance for families unable to afford the necessities: check with local churches, social service agencies and youth organizations near you for specifics.
Some example shopping trips, based on recent price checks at Walmart that include tax, are listed below.
It costs about $59.30 to equip second graders at Garfield Elementary school for class but parents may want to lay out a couple extra bucks on hair conditioner for when their little glue stick users go rogue.
Evergreen Middle School parents will need about $81.51 to check every item off their supply list, plus about $10 more if buying a basic scientific calculator for some math classes.
At Everett High School, students will require about $84.49 in supplies, a figure which will more than double to $189.99 if they purchase suggested Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Programmable Calculators and flash drives.
Maltby Elementary second graders’ supplies add up to $98.98 with tax. The list includes arguably some of the most fun suggested supplies including a light stick and pack of playing cards.
Supplies for students at Park Place Middle School tally up to $97.16 while Monroe High School families will spend about $103.19 per student using the suggested supply list.
At Dutch Hill Elementary, filling the second grade supply list means spending $79.07, a figure bumped up by name brand specific lists and a big box of Goldfish crackers to share.
Seventh graders at Centennial Middle School will pay about $105.88
for their start of school supplies, including $13 for a required fitness class uniform.
Snohomish and Glacier Peak teens will need $34.91 to come equipped for the first day of school. Their bare bones lists will be supplemented by lists from individual teachers once classes start.
School supply help
The Everett Salvation Army is providing free supplies, while available, to students enrolled in the Everett School district from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 2525 Rucker Ave. Parents should bring photo ID and any paperwork showing their child’s residence in Everett, enrollment in Everett schools or other documentation such as a birth certificate.
The Boys and Girls club will have three supply giveaways for their club members on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 7600 Cascade Drive; Sept. 7 at the Everett Boys and Girls Club at 2316 12th St. from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Sept. 27 at the Trailside Boys and Girls
Club at 1300 100th Pl. SE.
Everett’s Monroe Elementary School will be handing out backpacks and supplies to Monroe Elementary students in need from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Aug. 31 at 10901 27th Ave. SE.
Students of other Everett schools will benefit from 1,800 backpack and supply sets provided through their individual schools courtesy of the Everett Public Schools Foundation’s Stuff the Bus drives.
Children can also take advantage of free haircuts on Aug. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Evergreen Beauty College at 802 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite A. No appointment is needed.
The Lake Stevens Back to School Fair is Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at 1808 Main St. Low-income families can receive backpacks and school supplies for students with proof of enrollment, such as a report card, school ID or class schedule. Students must be present to receive backpacks.
Community partners will offer free school supplies to district children on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wagner Center Gymnasium at 639 W. Main St. in conjunction with the school district’s “Fill-A-Form” night.
The Sky Valley Food Bank at 233 Sky River Parkway will distribute backpacks and supplies to students in need from Aug. 20 to 31 during normal business hours which are Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. Proof of residency within the Monroe School District is required and parents must be able to verify their children’s birth dates.
Families who need assistance can check with their school office. Many Snohomish schools partner with local churches, social service agencies and youth organizations for supplies.
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