July 26, 2012
For the past few years I’ve had kids in an East Baton Rouge Parish elementary school.
At the beginning of each year, the school posts a list of supplies I’m supposed to purchase and send to school with each child.
Each year the list grows longer and more expensive. Yet, no one ever explains why some of these supplies are needed and what happens to them. I think it’s past time for someone from the School Board to step up and answer my concerns, which are the concerns of every other parent.
For instance, our elementary school has 32 teachers, pre-kindergarten through fifth, with at least 25 kids per class. That’s about 800 kids.
Each child is required to bring a box of Kleenex tissue. What does the school do with 800 boxes of Kleenex tissue?
Each child brings a roll of paper towels? Eight hundred rolls of paper towels? Setting aside consideration about how a school could possibly use 800 rolls of paper towels, where do they store this hoard?
Each child brings a box of Ziploc plastic bags. (Girls bring quart-size bags and boys bring gallon-size bags. Why the difference?)
At, say, 25 bags per box that’s 12,000 Ziploc plastic bags! Where and how are 12,000 Ziploc bags used?
It gets better. This year, one of my kids has to bring a dishpan to school! Is he going to be learning how to hand-wash dishes? OK, sounds like something I might agree with.
As I said, it’s past time for a representative of the School Board to step up and tell us, the parents who are required to hunt down, to purchase and to supply all of this stuff, just what happens to it all! I mean, is it being boxed up and sent out the back door, as a goodwill gesture to Third World countries?
Seriously, I call on someone from the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board to tell us why all of this stuff is needed.