Back to school spending expected to be up this year

Back to school spending expected to be up this year

Back to school shopping may be a bit different than years past with so many kids learning from home, but experts predict you'll still spend the same amount, if not more.

The National Retail Federation predicts sales will be up ― topping 100 billion dollars. The increase is because many parents will be buying technology, like laptops, so kids can learn from home.

Whether students are returning to the classroom or learning remotely, they will still need supplies to be successful in school.

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Because of the economic downturn related to the coronavirus pandemic, Carolina parents and families are finding it even more difficult to access supplies for their kids to complete their school year and not fall behind.

According to Classroom Central, approximately 127,000 children in the Charlotte region lack the basic school supplies they need to be successful in school.

The nonprofit collects and distributes free school supplies to students living in poverty.

Since 1997, in partnership with Classroom Central and Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools drive has collected school supplies, which are then distributed free to students in grades K-12.

Covering 22 counties, 9 School Tools is the largest school supply drive in the Carolinas and will run now through August 14.

Financial donations to the 9 School Tools program can be made at different levels of giving that support Classroom Central.

For example:

  • A donation of $9 will help provide homework supplies for students.
  • A donation of $25 will help fill a student’s backpack with school supplies.
  • A donation of $50 will supply a teacher with essential school items.
  • A donation of $100 will supply an entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) kits.

You can also donate school supplies at any Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services until August 14.

Learn more about 9 School Tools at www.9SchoolTools.com.

Back to school spending expected to be up this year