School supply lists get longer and more expensive each year. It can be difficult for many families to purchase everything on their children's lists, especially as they get older and the lists begin to include items like a $100 graphing calculators. This is particularly difficult on lower-income families, many who are already struggling to makes ends meet. Tack on the cost of clothing and school fees and it can become a nearly impossible feat. If you find yourself in a good financial position, and you are so inclined, there are several ways you can help low-income families at back to school time.
Schools do as much as their budgets will allow to make sure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed once inside their walls. Most districts provide free and reduced lunches for qualifying families to make sure their children get a warm meal every day. Some schools even provide free breakfast each morning. School buses are available for children who are too far to walk and otherwise wouldn't have a ride to class. But, budgets have their limits.
Parents are expected to pitch in for some of the bare necessities such as pencils, crayons, notebooks, and folders. The children are expected to have a way to carry their books and supplies to and from school each day. What happens when a family simply can't afford the essentials and the schools no longer have the budget to help out? Here are some ways you can help.