District releases school supply list for coming school year

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By Sam Hickman

 Back to school shopping is under way, and Brunswick County Schools have again provided families a list of what students will need when they return to classes later this month.

The list, called Back to Basics, made its debut last year and is a “no-nonsense guide designed to help parents know what their children really need when the school bell rings as well as what the school system will provide,” district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

Slight changes to the suggested parent list based on feedback from teachers include the addition of glue sticks for elementary schools and dry erase markers in grades K-8. Classrooms in Brunswick County use individual dry erase boards routinely to check for student understanding so having a healthy supply of dry erase markers is important.  Colored pencils are off the parent list, and headphones or ear buds are only recommended for kindergarten students, those students who are new to the school system or those who do not have a pair.

According to the list, Brunswick County Schools will provide tissue, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, plastic zipper bags, copy paper, construction paper, highlighters, markers, scissors, index cards, folders and sheet protectors.

Parents and guardians of students are responsible for providing loose leaf paper (wide ruled for grades 1-4), spiral-bound notebooks, No. 2 pencils, pencil boxes, glue sticks, dry erase markers, crayons (grades K-2), erasers, headphones or ear buds, and a bookbag or binder for their students.

For students in the fifth through eighth grades, parents or guardians should provide spiral notebooks (college ruled paper), loose leaf paper (college ruled), blue or black ink pens, one 3-inch 3-ring binder, one pack of dividers for the 3-inch binder, and headphones if the student is new to the system.

“Schools in Brunswick County are incredibly fortunate to have supportive community partners that often ask what they can provide to support students and teachers as they get ready to go back to school,” Swencki wrote in a July 29 news release.

The list has been shared with local businesses to post as parents and other community members begin school shopping. While this list will primarily be used by parents of elementary and middle school students, it applies to all schools in Brunswick County.

Back to Basics can also assist churches, civic groups and other community organizations undertaking school supply collection drives for students in need.

These individuals are asked to contact their partner schools directly for school-specific or grade-level specific items. 

“Of course, those items on the parent list are always welcome,” Swencki added.


Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.