Because of social distancing measures resulting from COVID-19, many students will split their time between online and in-school learning.
The National Retail Federation predicts back-to-school spending will rise this year ― topping $100 billion dollars. The increase is because many parents will be buying technology, like laptops, so kids can learn from home.
But even with remote learning, students will still need basic supplies to be successful in school.
Here are some common items students will need by subject:
Math: pencils, pens, filler paper, index cards, composition books, pocket folders, graph paper (middle and high school) and a flash drive.
Art: crayons, filler paper, colored pencils, pocket folders, pencils, and a flash drive.
Language Arts: pencils, pens, one-subject notebooks, composition books, pocket folders and a flash drive.
All subjects: highlighters, earbuds, pocket folders, one-subject notebooks and colored markers.
Organization: pocket folders, pencils, filler paper, backpack, pencil/pen pouch and flash drive
According to Classroom Central, about 127,000 children in the Charlotte region lack the basic supplies they need for school.
Many of the more vulnerable and low-income families depend on help from the nonprofit to provide simple supplies, such as paper and pencils.
Since 1997, in partnership with Classroom Central and Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the WSOC-TV 9 School Tools program 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.
You can donate the school supplies at any Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services.
Financial donations can also be made to the 9 School Tools program at different levels of giving that support Classroom Central.
- 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.
Learn more about 9 School Tools at www.9SchoolTools.com.