So we went out and bought the school supply part of the list. 36 pencils and 72 crayons. There are less than 40 weeks in a school year. Are you trying to tell me that Piero is going to use a pencil a week? Kylie and Piero colour every single time they are at our house. When we looked after them 5 evenings a week, they often coloured 5 evenings a week. Those two children, over 8 months, have not even used enough of my already used 96 crayons to peel off a wrapper of a single crayon. So if 2 kids over 8 months don’t even use enough crayons to peel a single wrapper off of a crayon – WHY OH WHY AM I BUYING 72 CRAYONS for a single child? They have also asked us to buy a ream of copy paper. Are we seriously supporting the ability of the school to send work sheets home with our child?
And then we get to the part of the list that we left for Kelly to buy…. multiple rolls of paper towel, liquid soap, hand sanitizer, boxes of kleenex, plastic cups, baby wipes? Baby wipes????? We are buying things for our child to use at school that aren’t even on the radar for use at home. I feel as if I am purchasing bathroom supplies for my child. Where did my property tax dollars that I paid when I didn’t even HAVE children go?
And I will say that I am not complaining about the cost. All told, it probably isn’t going to cost more than 60$ for the school supplies between both of our families. That is assuming that we don’t get any requests to top up the supplies (as someone suggested you might). The issue at stake is the principle of the thing. I pay outrageous property taxes to the tune of several hundred dollars a month for our little pipsqueak one bedroom condo. One top of paying those dollars out of my hard earned salary… I NOW HAVE TO BUY SUPPLIES THAT AREN’T EVEN JUST FOR MY CHILD? It would be much, much easier to swallow if I was buying crayons and pencils and papers for my child to use in the school but I am not.