Back to School Shopping, Done (Early)!

by Melanie Edwards on August 1, 2012 · 2 comments

in Kids

Back to School Supplies for First Grader

The new school year is almost here; my girl starts school in less than two weeks! She is moving on from Kindergarten to 1st grade and though she’s a little hesitant about it, I’m excited for her. I can already tell – just by looking at her school supply list – that 1st grade is going to mean more big-kid work along with some fun activities too.

I’m super relieved that I have her back to school shopping done and have already purchased all her school supplies! Last year I was one of the last-minute parents doing the back to school shopping days before school started. So, it’s definitely nice to know that we have her new backpack and school supplies out of the way.

Back to School Backpacks from Walmart

Walmart provided us with the opportunity to purchase her school supplies as well as another set to donate. I thought this would be a great opportunity for baby girl to help a kid in need by picking out a backpack and school supplies for us to donate to a local school supply drive. The budget was set at $25 for each backpack, plus $25 for each set of supplies, for us to shop Walmart’s Back to School section.

With her 1st grade school supply list in-hand, we headed to our local Walmart and purchased the following items:

  • 1 ream – white copy paper
  • 1 box – Kleenex facial tissue
  • 1 – spiral notebook, one subject, wide ruled
  • 1 – plastic folder, 2 pocket w/prongs, blue
  • 1 – plastic folder, 2 pocket w/prongs, red
  • 4 – large pink erasers
  • 1 – colored pencils, 24 ct.
  • 2 – yellow highlighters
  • 4 – dry erase markers, black
  • 2 – Ticonderoga #2 pre-sharpened pencils
  • 24 – #2 pencils
  • 6 – Elmer’s glue sticks
  • 1 – Elmer’s school glue, 4 oz.
  • 3 – Marble composition books
  • 1 – 5” blunt tip scissors
  • 2 boxes – Crayola crayons, 24 ct.
  • 1 box – Crayola markers, bold, wide tip, 8 ct.
  • 1 – plastic pencil box, approx. 8”x5”

Backpack for School with Mini Stationary Included

We also purchased a new backpack with a matching attachable lunchbox, and cost well under $25 – only $12.88! Baby girl thought this backpack was perfect because it comes with a mini stationary set and has butterflies. I thought it was perfect because it has a few compartments, plus side pockets for her water bottle. She picked out the same backpack in black to donate, thinking a boy would like it too. We also bought a second set of her school supplies to stuff in the backpack, making for a complete 1st grade supply donation. We donated these back-to-school supplies to HOPE, a local charity serving disadvantaged families. Supplies will be provided to families in need during their Kids of HOPE, Back to School Bash.

Are you ready for the new school year yet? Do you typically have the back-to-school shopping done ahead of time?

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1 Rae August 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

My daughter is also going to 1st grade and school starts next week for her. On her school list, I noticed that she needs a lot of paper which made me smile, mainly because she’ll get to write more and that’s something that she loves. I guess she gets that from me. (:

That’s a great idea to donate supplies. There are a lot of kids/parents in need of the assistance. Kudos to you!


2 modernmami August 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

Congrats to you on your 1st grader! I hope her first day went smoothly. I love that they’re going to be writing more too. 🙂


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