It's that time of the year —the mad scramble to pick up the school supply list and check it twice.
 
As Fort students get ready to hit the books once again, it's often asked why kids need some of the things on their list.
 
"The lists are created by the teachers of the specific grade levels who planned out their lessons for the year and have decided what supplies are needed to be successful in those activities," explained EIPS board chair, Trina Boymook.
 
More often than not, most of the higher-end supplies like graphing calculators can be carried through the rest of the student's time at school, saving money in the long run. Most high schools prefer the Texas Instruments TI83 or TI84 series calculators.
 
As far as technology is concerned, though it's different from school division to school division, Boymook said that the schools in Elk Island Public Schools will provide school-owned tablets and computers for students to use.
 
The basics are still there, including pencils, rulers, paper and a backpack but for individual, grade-specific lists, parents can look on their child's school website for all the necessary items.
 
For those who might not be able to manage, there are programs out there to help, including Tools for School which helps outfit kids with the supplies they need.

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