This is the supply list for my kid. Now I do only have the one in school right now but even when my youngest goes to school I don't think it will be too bad. He will use his backpack and lunch box from last year. Everything else has been bought for this year. I spent $19.67 on all of it. That was with buying 40 pencils instead of just 24 and buying 2 8 oz bottles of glue and 4 glue sticks and buying both gallon and quart size zip lock bags.
So you know what I did. I went out and bought everything again. Yep, I bought everything off the list except the backpack so that my son's class will have more than enough stuff.
Why did I do this? Because I know that some parents can't afford to go above and beyond when it comes to supplies. I don't think it is solely the teachers job to supply the kids whose parents can't do it. I hope I help the teacher out some so that she won't be stressed trying to make sure she has enough supplies. It doesn't cost too much and it benefits my kid and his education.
Instead of being selfish and arguing with teachers about community supplies, what's on the supply lists or whatever else. Let's begin the school year with giving to those less fortunate. It's a great example to set for your kids too.