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Canby School District continues to partially foot the bill for K-6 school supplies

With supermarket aisles filling up with school supplies, it's hard to forget the start of school is just around the corner. Fortunately for Canby families, the supply lists are short again.

This is thanks to Canby School District's School Supply List Initiative for grades kindergarten through sixth grade, which began helping foot the bill for supplies in 2017.

Families with school-aged children spent an average of $684.79 each on school supplies in 2018 for a total of $27.5 billion, and that number is expected to increase this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

But here in Canby, School District Superintendent Trip Goodall doesn't believe the whole bill should go to families.

"The burden shouldn't go to our families," Goodall previously told The Herald. "This is a small way of trying to alleviate some of the burden."

With the initiative, the school district provides crayons, pencils, glue sticks, scissors, composition notebooks, colored pencils, tissue, antibacterial wipes, markers, dry-erase markers, Ziplock bags, pocket folders, Sharpies and rulers.

That leaves families of elementary school students to purchase notebook paper, spiral notebooks, highlighters, graph paper, index cards, red pens, Pearl erasers, water colors, a pencil box, a backpack and a water bottle.

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For some families though, even buying the remaining school supplies isn't an option. Last year, 42 percent of Canby students utilized the free and reduced meal program, per the district report card.

Well there's help for families who have a greater need too. They can register their children at the Canby Center beginning Aug. 5 to receive a free backpack filled with supplies prior to the first day of school.

The first day for grades 1-6 (full day) and grades 7 and 9 (half day) is Tuesday, Sept. 3. The first day for grades 8 and 10-12 is Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Kristen Wohlers
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