Price Tag For Going Back To School Is Going Up

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The countdown is on and the price tag is up for going back to school.

A national survey says you can expect to spend more money for back to school supplies this year.

Some school systems are trying to help families with that cost.

A recent national study shows that families are expected to spend almost seven percent more on school supplies than they did last year.

Now, a program in the Bell County School System is helping families feeling the pinch.

With the price of gas, milk, and many other things on the rise, the family resource center in Bell County is helping to make this school year a little easier on families and their wallets.

“We're providing school supplies, it doesn't make any difference what your income is, it is to make sure every child goes back to school with their basic needs,” Doris Cooper said.

The program provides clothing, food, and even parenting skills to families with a financial need.

But parents must do their part to remain part of the program.

Bell County Schools have also decided not to raise the price of school lunches to their students even though the cost to the school is up from last year.

The Family Resource Center and Bell County Schools want nothing to come between a student and their education.

“It's about kids. It's our mantra in our district and we live and breathe that everyday,” Superintendent George Thompson said.

To find programs like the one in Bell County, contact the Kentucky Board of Education.

Have you spent more money on back to school supplies this year than last?

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  • by lois Location: danville on Aug 2, 2007 at 06:29 AM
    I really feel for those families that have several children in school; it can be expensive to clothe, provide lunch monies and school supplies! I don't think any child trying to get an education should have to pay school fees, book rental fees, etc. It is an outrage!!!! Education should be free for all including college!!!! We are spending billions in foreign countries and our children are falling behind in education and healthcare!
  • by wendy Location: martin county ky on Aug 2, 2007 at 02:26 AM
    i am a mother of six children between the ages of 13-5 and my husband works about an hour away and we spend 200 in gas, it is been really hard for me to get school supplies and school clothing gor my kids. there arent very many places to get help in martin county and i cant afford to buy my kids any school supplies. they had a free school supply giveaway but there were so many people that nobody got alot enough to last maybe a couple of weeks. there is alot of help out there for the people that dont work but for the ones that do well you cant get help at all. if anyone knows where we can get help please let me know. thank you
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 at 06:55 PM
    kudos to bell county for helping out!
  • by steve Location: irvine on Aug 1, 2007 at 01:27 PM
    Hey dont we pay enough for education and we still have to pay for kids stuff thanks dems for another fine mess.


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