In the past, families at Washington have gotten a list of school supplies for each grade and been asked to purchase those items and bring them on the first day of school. These supplies end up as community supplies, not individual, for the classroom. Families were spending as much as $80, including tax, for each child’s supplies if exact items/brands/quantity requested were purchased from stores like Target or Office Depot. Teachers were getting a mish-mash of supplies and not always the ones/brands that worked well. (Just because they are #2 pencils doesn’t mean they work!)
So, what if we pooled our money and got uniform supplies requested by the teachers? Would that cost less money? Would it be less wasteful in terms of packaging? Would the supplies come before the first day of school so classroom time wasn’t wasted on organization? The answer to all of these questions was YES + teachers receive exactly what they need to teach effectively!
The Bulk School Supply program provides teachers with a budget to purchase the supplies for the classroom. This allows the classroom to be ready to go for all students on the first day of school.
There is never a deadline to participate in the bulk school supply program. If a payment has not been paid your student will receive a payment reminder in the Fall.
No. There is a lower rate for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
The supply cost per student ($35 standard/$25 reduced) will cover the total cost of supplies ordered. Volunteers have been asked to get this program off the ground for the teachers. One major piece of this whole undertaking is collection of money. If that is not successful, we may have to discontinue the program.
We also know things happen. There are people who may not qualify for the free and reduced lunch rate, but buying school supplies might be hard to do. We provide all families with the option to make a donation if they want to help others.
We asked the district if we could put the fee on the registration bill and, though they liked the idea, their accounting system couldn’t handle the individual school nature of it, so they thought it should be done on the teacher level. This is not something we felt should be added to the teacher’s responsibilities, which is why the PTA is helping out.
Because we are ordering class sets of most of the supplies, each year we save substantially. There is no tax or shipping fees. Because supplies are community, we are eliminating the need to yearly reorder certain supplies- scissors, calculators, storage boxes - and simply replace as needed. It is certainly a savings of time and money compared to getting these specific brands on your own.