It's time to go back to school by the end of this month, and teachers and parents are feeling the pressure of inflation, which is at a 40-year high: It cost an average of $600 for parents to pay for school supplies as of last year!
"Inflation is at the highest it’s been in 40 years. And back-to-school shopping is already pricey – last year U.S. parents spent over $600 on average on school supplies, a Deloitte study found." —Alaina Mencinger
On top of this, a lot of students want new clothes to look presentable on their first day of school, and there is often quite a bit of peer pressure surrounding what a person chooses to wear.
More families than ever before are utilizing an Albuquerque-based school supply donation center by the name of Locker #505, according to Robyn Simon—the operations manager—but more donations are needed.
"Locker #505 is referral based; school counselors refer students to the program, where they can 'shop' free-of-cost through the center’s clothes, shoes, toys, backpacks and books. Simon said that in previous years, the highest number of referrals she’s received in a day was 64. On Thursday, she received 145." —Alaina Mencinger
The demand is higher this year, considering all that we've been through, so donations are encouraged if anyone is looking to let go of clothes, toys, shoes, etc.
The tax-free weekend certainly brought relief, although a lot of teachers are still paying for a large amount of supplies out of their own pockets.
"According to education nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org, in 2021, U.S. teachers spend an average of $750 of their own money on classroom supplies." —Alaina Mencinger
This is truly unfair when one considers how much the average teacher earns annually.