Press Editorial

August 7, 2012

By Staff

School supplies for 1,000 children

It’s hard to imagine that nearly 1,700 children in the Issaquah School District are on the free or reduced-price lunch program.

It’s many of these same students who will be the recipients of the 1,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies that the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and other community service groups are providing. That’s double the number of recent years.

Every parent or guardian knows that school supplies are not a small expense. First, there is the backpack. One sturdy enough to last the year can cost $20 to $25. Thankfully, the employees at SanMar have committed to supply 1,000 backpacks.

That leaves crayons, colored pencils, marker pens, red pens and blue pens, No. 2 pencils, erasers, glue sticks, binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, notebook dividers, crayon boxes or pencil pouches, scissors, rulers, flash drives, etc. for each and every student. Times 1,000.

Specific classes might require a compass, a scientific calculator, and composition book or pocket dictionary. The cost is now excessive, particularly if you have more than one child.

Imagine the cost for 1,000 kids.

Wait, there’s good news! A lot of people are willing to help! About 100 shoppers came to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce cash mob last week to help stuff a bus with school supplies from Office Depot. Others are buying extra reams of notebook paper and dropping them off at the food bank. And cash donations go a long way, allowing supplies to be bought in bulk.

The hope is that there will be so many donations that extra supplies can go to each school to take care of kids who enroll mid-year, or maybe just lose their ruler or forget their pencil.

You can help. Scoop up your own bag of supplies (Be sure to shop local!) and drop it at the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E. Don’t forget school clothing needs — especially underwear and socks — for the clothing bank. Or make a cash donation at

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