Sixty pencils, four packs of dry erase markers.
These are just some of the items area schools are putting on their supply lists.
A story from Wednesday night's newscast about school supply lists had some parents upset.
Schools ask parents to buy more supplies than their child may use during the school year. We received hundreds of responses to the story on our station Facebook page.
Melissa said on our Facebook page the lists are ridiculous. She doesn't "think that any child should go without, but I also don't think that it is my responsibility to make sure all the kids have their supplies…"
Another woman named Mary said people should spend time in their children's classroom, as she has..."and you would see why these are necessary items."
So what's necessary at your school? Suamico Elementary's supply list for the coming school year says Kindergartners need two eight-count boxes of markers, two 24-count boxes of crayons and 15 glue sticks. The same goes for first graders. Why so many?
"It's not like they're using a glue stick all day long," said Suamico Elementary school principal Ryan Welnetz. "But they use it for word manipulation – they're cutting letters apart and pasting them back together. There's different things that they're using and they're using them somewhat constantly."
Welnetz says parents need to realize, that for 7.5 hours a day, 180 days a year, their children are working and learning. That involves a somewhat constant use of the supplies you purchase – some of which are shared among a classroom.
"We, as a district, understand the burden that goes with the supplies," said Welnetz.
That's why he says he and the rest of the district have asked teachers to scale back on items they're requesting of parents, and not ask for name brands.
Welnetz admits schools are most likely asking for more items than in years past.
But says it's okay to use a little restraint when looking to buy new – the stuff from the year before generally works just as well.
Welnetz says teachers at his school don't stockpile supplies to supplant their own supplies; giving items back to students at the end of the year.
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