Daily Herald: How school supply lists have changed

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In 1970, a typical back-to-school shopping list for a kindergartener was four basic items and cost 73 cents. (WLS)

In 1970, a typical back-to-school shopping list for a kindergartener was four basic items and cost 73 cents. Today, that list has grown to 17 items, includes brand names, and would cost $52, at staff writer Susan Sarkauskas discovered by making her own shopping trip to a local Walmart. The reason for the uptick, educators say, is that kindergarten, and school in general, is much more serious business today. "We are focused on academics, not play," one principal said.

You can read the full story in the Daily Herald's edition from Sunday, August 14, 2016, or online at dailyherald.com.
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