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Parents hunt good deals, strive for conservation on supplies

By COURTNEY SERVAES, Herald Staff Writer | 11/10/2009

Dry erase markers cost too much.

But Karissa Richardson still buys them. She picks them up when doing her back-to-school shopping.

Dry erase markers cost too much.

But Karissa Richardson still buys them. She picks them up when doing her back-to-school shopping.

“I find that some things are pricey for being what they are,” Richardson, who has two children enrolled in the Ottawa School District, said. “Dry erase markers are on the top of my list out of all the years of having to buy supplies.”

Richardson, who works at Lincoln Elementary School, says sometimes teachers expect students like hers to purchase items that are overly priced. These supplies are becoming more difficult for families to afford with the economy, she said.

“I think teachers expect students to have too many supplies,” she said.

Like glue, crayons, markers, rulers, pencils, Kleenex. Like dry erase markers and notebook paper. Like paint and folders, glue sticks and colored pencils.

Ottawa senior Justin Evans said teachers at the high school are requesting students bring in some of these supplies more so than other years because the school isn’t supplying them as often.

“They have cut back in school supplies,” Evans said.

Ottawa senior Kylene Howard said students and teachers have been told to conserve paper as much as possible.

“We are doing this by using the white board instead of handing out copies of the assignment,” she said.

Many of these items are inexpensive, Richardson said. And some of them can be stocked up on throughout the year and reused from other years, she said.

“It seems like we always have leftovers every year,” she said.

This school year, Richardson said she tried to recycle some of her children’s leftover supplies, especially the more expensive ones.

“We re-used backpacks from last year only because they are in great condition and are good quality,” she said. “We bought new lunch boxes.”

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