We writers tend to
wax eloquent blather on about our binders and assorted writing implements. But as it turns out, our passion for school supplies is just about universal. In fact, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, we’re all eraser heads.
School supplies are a multi-billion dollar industry; the article points out a few reasons this is so.
- School supply lists give us a guilt-free, relatively inexpensive reason to shop.
- They represent potential and possibilities; at the same time, they evoke a sense of nostalgia.
- We can create, copy, cut and paste just about everything on our computers. Certainly, technology makes our lives easier, but it also makes us yearn for activities and instruments that are multi-sensory and hands-on.
Since this is back-to-school week, I thought it might be fun to take a trip
to Staples down Memory Lane. What was on your elementary school supply list? Here are a few things I remember being on mine.
In many ways, school supplies are just as important to a child’s educational experience as parental involvement and a full tummy. Many of us remember how difficult it was to borrow from others or, worse yet, do without. So if you’ve got a little extra cash on hand this fall, would you please consider donating a few items to those who need them?