District no longer furnishes student school supplies

PAT FRIDGEN

For the first time in many years, parents will be asked to provide the daily school supplies needed by their children in grades kindergarten through five.

Due to budget issues, Greencastle-Antrim School District will no longer purchase crayons and pencils and notebooks for the students.

“Our supplies budgets were significantly reduced to balance the budget,” explained Angela Singer, principal of the primary school.

She and Chad Stover, principal of the elementary school, notified families of the change through letters, on the last report cards, on the district website, and at kindergarten registration. The lists of needed items are also posted at area stores.

While in the past, parents only had to send their children to school with a backpack, now that pack will be transporting supplies on the first day of school.

Singer has not heard of anyone upset over the new policy. Some parents were surprised the service lasted as long as it did, and others say their children are excited to do the school shopping now. Anyone who will have financial difficulty buying the supplies should let the principals know, as assistance is available.

Bob Crider, director of education, said each building trimmed about $5,000 from its expenditures by turning the responsibility over to the families. The primary and elementary schools also cut another $5,000 each on materials for classroom use. That included poster board, colored paper and arts and crafts supplies.

No changes were made at the middle or high school levels, where students have always purchased their own personal supplies.

What to buy

The supplies required by each grade level are as follows. Some will have to be replenished during the year. Teachers recommend the supplies be labeled with the student’s name in permanent marker.

Kindergarten — two 16-packs of Crayola standard crayons; four large Elmer’s Glue sticks (.77 oz.); a small bottle of white glue (4 oz.); a 12-pack of No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils); two pink pearl erasers; one highlighter; an 8-pack of large washable Crayola markers; a 4-pack of Dry Erase markers (bullet tip); two double-pocket folders with prongs, (one yellow and one red); and a plastic pencil box with snap lid (aprox. 5”x8”).

First-grade — a 24-pack of Crayola standard crayons; six large Elmer’s Glue sticks (.77 oz.); a 24-pack of No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils);  a large pink pearl eraser; a pack of 3x3 Post-it Notes; a yellow highlighter; an 8-pack of fine tip Crayola markers; an 8-pack of fat Crayola markers; two black Expo Dry Erase markers; two double-pocket folders without prongs, (one yellow and one red); and a plastic pencil box with snap lid (approx. 5”x8”).

Second-grade — a 24-pack of Crayola standard crayons; six large Elmer’s glue sticks (.77 oz.); a 24-pack of No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils); two large pink pearl erasers; a yellow highlighter; an 8-pack of fine tip Crayola markers; an 8-pack of fat Crayola markers; a 4-pack black Expo Dry Erase markers (chisel tip); two double-pocket folders without prongs, (one yellow and one red); and two double-pocket folders with prongs, (one green and one dark blue).

Third-grade — a 24-pack of Crayola standard crayons; a pack of Dry Erase markers; a large pink pearl eraser; a double-pocket folder with no brass fasteners; three .77 oz. glue sticks; two highlighters; a 12-pack of No. 2 pencils (not mechanical); a plastic pencil box (approx. 5”x8”); and one spiral one-subject notebook.

Fourth-grade — a 24-pack of Crayola standard crayons; one pack of  Dry Erase markers; one large pink pearl eraser; two double-pocket folders with no brass fasteners; one .77 oz. glue stick; two highlighters; a 12-pack of No. 2 pencils (not mechanical); a plastic pencil box (approx. 5”x8”); two spiral one-subject notebooks; and a pack of colored pencils, (not to exceed 12).

Fifth-grade — one pack Dry Erase markers; one washable 8-pack markers; a large pink pearl eraser; three double-pocket folders with no brass fasteners; a .77 oz glue stick; a highlighter; a 12-pack of No. 2 pencils (not mechanical);  a plastic pencil box (approx. 5”x8”); and one pack of wide-ruled lined notebook paper.