When I bundled my little one up for his first kindergarten class in August, I looked twice at the list that they had given me for all the supplies they felt my boy needed to show up prepared with – crayons, glue sticks, safety scissors, garbage bags, Clorox Kleenex, paper towels – you know, your routine preschooler supplies list
When I first saw the list, all I could do was to wonder about the kind of kindergarten crafts they must have in mind to need to use garbage bags. It was a good thing that I waited around and asked the teachers what they were up to. It turns out that all the tax breaks they’ve been handing out to the rich guys have been were costing the budget so much that schools in my district in Tennessee no longer even had enough for staples like janitors’ supplies and then lunchroom odds and ends. One of my neighbors has Windex on her kid’s list so that the janitor can clean the windows in the school.
And apparently this is a trend that’s come here to stay. Go to any back-to-school sale at a major stationery supplies store like OfficeMax or Office Depot and you’re likely to see garbage bags, Windex, Clorox and baby wipes sitting right next to the pens and writing pads. What we have been traditionally brought up to expect
out of the school district is all set to change. If you look it up on the Internet, there are the strangest 九龍城全日班 requests coming up in schools as fr apart as Washington state, Colorado, Illinois, New York and everywhere. To back-to-school retailers who see the school season as nothing less than a windfall, the chance to sell janitorial supplies to parents on top of the kindergarten crafts supplies are like a second holiday season – toilet paper, paper plates, mops, printer paper, even an office LCD monitor can go in junior’s school bag these days.
Parents who are used to buying nothing more than kindergarten crafts supplies for their preschoolers have been watching these lists grow for years now. It started when schools in states like Florida began going around cap in hand asking for donations from businesses and local community leaders. If sometimes collections fell short, it would often be the teachers who made up for the shortfall –
out of their own pay. Teachers, who make perhaps $30,000 a year, put up with this for two reasons -teachers are a genuinely generous lot, and also, they know that if they don’t put up the funds from time to time, the school will feel forced to pay out of its own budget, and ax a teaching position or two to make up for.