School supply experiment a hit in Windsor’s elementaries – Colorado News

School supply experiment a hit in Windsor’s elementaries – Colorado News

Two years ago, Jana Wygal, whose three kids go to school at Rangeview Elementary in Severance, found the school shopping experience to be costly and stressful. Wygal said she tried to follow the lists her kids brought home, but she was frustrated to realize many of the items she was purchasing went into a classroom stockpile.

“Some requests made you wonder, such as, why each kid needs to bring 24 highlighters?” Wygal said. “Then, your kids want something individual, cool, just for them, so you buy the Star Wars pencil box only to find it went into the pile for general class use.”

Two years ago, Rangeview Elementary changed up the school supply process. Instead of sending home lists, the school asked parents to donate the amount they would usually spend, then purchased the supplies in bulk.

“(I) loved it! So easy and convenient,” Wygal said. “Honestly, I see teachers buying so many things on their own, so I don’t mind chipping in.”

“All of our elementaries over the last couple of years we have piloted a program where parents make a cash donation, and supplies are purchased in bulk by the school. That’s worked out really well.” Sherry HoffmanExecutive assistant to the superintendent of Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District

That $30 now goes a long way, said Sherry Hoffman, executive assistant to the superintendent of Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District.


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“All of our elementaries over the last couple of years we have piloted a program where parents make a cash donation, and supplies are purchased in bulk by the school” she said. “That’s worked out really well.”

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