NEOSHO, MO — One of parents’ biggest headaches and expenses is getting out and about getting back-to-school supplies for their kids.
But that won’t be a problem for parents in the Neosho School District, thanks to a pleasant surprise.
the process and expense of picking up school supplies is something parents like Elissa Jalbert won’t have to worry about next month.
“A relief to be honest, I wouldn’t have to pay for school supplies this year, um thank goodness for a change.” Said Elissa Jalbert, parent of Neosho School District.
“It’s great, especially when you have a low income, it’s hard to have school supplies, because you start several months in advance and you have to take two small children to a crowded neighborhood, it’s hard.” Said Jeannie Williford, parent of Neosho School District.
The Neosho School District has informed parents that they are using “ESSER” funds to cover the cost of supplies for each of its approximately 4,700 K-12 students.
“ESSER” stands for “Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund” and is part of the “Care Act”.
So here’s how it will work, teachers will know how many students they will have and order student supplies ahead of time, that way when students show up on their first day, the supplies will be waiting for them.
“I don’t think kids actually realize to be honest what it takes to get school supplies, make sure those teachers have what they’re supposed to have, what kids need, most kids don’t know how much it costs. ” says Jalbert.
One less trip than parents with children in the Neosho school district will have to take this year, including those attending Goodman Elementary School.
Students return to class on August 24.