Parents dealing with school supply costs
By Katherine Miller
THE POST SIGNAL
CROWLEY – Notebooks. Pens. Pencils. Markers. The list goes on and on.
With the beginning of the school year around every corner in Acadia parish, and every store filled with endless supplies for school, suiting a student up for the new school year these days can be quite an investment. Many parents are rushing around to find the best prices. Monica Bertrand, mother of two school-aged children, Stephen, who will be going on to high school, and Bryant, who will be in the third grade said, “This year was a little more expensive for me because my boys had grown out of all their uniforms from last year.”
Upon speaking with both parents from public and parochial schools, the average price for a uniform for public schools is $15 to $20, and the average parochial school uniform costs about $24 to $30. The average price that parents paid for supplies is about $40 to $50, not including any fees.
In further conversation, Bertrand mentioned that she was still shopping around for school supplies to find the best deals, “Things have definitely been crazy,” she laughed.
The total amount that parents will spend per child this year on both school supplies and one set of uniforms, is, on average, $65 to $70 for public school, and about $75 to $80 for parochial school.
When you add it all up, the average parent normally can spend up to $200 overall.