Etoile ISD helps parents out with school supply costs

Etoile ISD helps parents out with school supply costs

ETOILE, TX (KTRE) - Shopping for school supplies is never an easy task.

" It's terrible," said Etoile ISD parent Tina Holliman. "There's so many school supplies, and the list seemed to be so long, and when you have three or four kids, it really, really adds up."

Etoile ISD tried to keep their costs down, but it became difficult.

"We put a limit of $25 per classroom on our school supply list, but the costs kept increasing," Larry Cupit, an instructional coach at Etoile ISD.

As a result, the school district created a plan to lessen the financial burden on their parents.

"This year, we asked the parents to supply the students with a backpack if they wished to have a backpack and pay a $10 supply fee," Cupit explained. "The district will then match that $10."

Teachers will then take that money and buy all of the school supplies for their students.

Etoile parents rejoiced.

"I was shocked. I was very excited, very excited," Holliman said. "One, I don't have to go school supplies shopping. Two ,it's going to save a lot of money."

Etoile ISD officials also said it will also be easier on the teachers.

"With us changing it to having the teachers buy the supplies rather than the parents, we can insure that the teachers have what they need to be successful as well as the students," Cupit explained. "We can have that day one, starting on the first day of school."

Beginning every new year is always stressful, but Etoile ISD's administration is excited that this year's start will be a little less hectic for everyone, thanks to their new plan.

"It just streamlines the process," Cupit said. "It makes it a lot easier and a lot less stressful for everybody involved."

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