Arlington families continue to benefit from school supplies provided by the district

Arlington families continue to benefit from school supplies provided by the district
School SuppliesFor the third year in a row, Arlington Public Schools continues to provide school supplies for all students in the district. In 2014, a Fees Committee reviewed the costs of items like school supplies that impacted families. The School Board gave direction to find ways to ease the impact of fees on families. For the 2016-17 school year, the district made the decision to provide most basic school supplies to students.

“It’s important to the School Board that there are no barriers to learning for our students,” said Board President, Dr. Jeff Huleatt. “By easing the burden of purchasing school supplies, all of our students are able to start school with the supplies they need.”

Elementary families are asked to provide backpacks for their children and middle and high school students require PE uniforms, binders, dividers, pencils and backpacks (optional). Resources are available at the schools for those families who have trouble providing these items.

“This year I didn’t stress about getting the right kind of school supplies for each kids’ classroom,” said Arlington parent, Mary Levesque. “Instead, I took my four kids to the beach. We saved a bunch of money, time and stress. Thank you Arlington School District for the support. It shows you care about making sure all kids have all the materials they need to be successful.”

The Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Back to School Resource Fair” this Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Post Middle School to help families with other resources students might need for school.