I don’t want to give away how old I am, but when I was a wee little boy going through the White-house school system, getting ready to go back to school wasn’t really that big of a deal.
After buying some pencils, construction paper, a small box of crayons, one of those Big Chief tablets and maybe a little tube of glue, you were pretty much set.
No need to take out a bank loan.
Those were the good ol’ days. Today’s school supply lists, even for elementary kids, can stretch to the moon and back.
Boxes (as in more than one) of tissues, a bottle of hand sanitizing disinfectant soap, enough art supplies to paint a mural and plastic bags in every conceivable size often are among the required supplies.
It all adds up. Cha-ching. Cha-ching. Cha-ching.
“Honey, the kids can either have new clothes for school or supplies, but not both, unless selling the car is an option.”
Thankfully many people are willing to pitch in and make sure all kids have the supplies they need for school. One supply drive — Operation Supply Our Students or SOS for short — already has started.
It is sponsored by our media partner CBS19 TV and Ashley Furniture Home-Store. You can drop off school supplies at the Ashley stores in Tyler and Longview or you can make a cash donation online through the CBS19 website. The deadline to receive donations is July 31.
The donations will help the foster children being served by the Child Welfare Boards in Smith and Gregg counties. The boards provide clothing allowances, Christmas gifts and school-related expenses to help foster families.
According to the Tyler-Smith County Welfare Board, more than 350 children are in foster care in Smith County alone.
As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, other school supply drives will follow.
It will never be the good ol’ days again, but with a little help, buying school supplies won’t mean having to sell the farm.