Gone are the days when school supply lists only contained notebooks and pencils. Today, parents are expected to provide everything from cleaning supplies to stress balls.
“For the vast majority of teachers, there really is a method to the madness on these lists,” says Tim Sullivan, founder of TeachersList.com, which collects and posts school supply lists from around the country. "One red folder and one blue folder may sound silly or unimportant, but not when red will always mean vocabulary and blue will always mean math for the entire class for the entire year. Your child’s green folder just won’t work.”
What unique requests could your kid be required to fulfill this year? If your child attends one of the schools mentioned, it could include anything from shaving cream to gluten-free paint.