BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Analysts say Americans will spend $27 billion on school shopping this year.
However, we wondered, how much does one year of supplies cost for a local middle-schooler?
We took a 6th grade list from a local school district and purchased the required supplies. Some of the items on the list included 8 pocket folders, 4 spiral notebooks, 3 boxes of unscented tissues, among many other things.
The total equaled $98.34. That did not even include the safety goggles for science, scientific calculator, and a USB drive.
Local parents say the hefty price for the school supplies is forcing them to cut costs elsewhere.
For those who can't afford school supplies, a former Buffalo School substitute teacher began a project to help.
Teachers from school districts with 70 percent or more of students on free lunch are invited to shop at "The Teachers Desk" in Downtown Buffalo. There, they can pick up dozens of free supplies to keep in their classrooms and to distribute to students in need.
John Mika, founder of the project, has been featured in People magazine as "A Hero Among Us". "The Teachers Desk" is run 100 percent by volunteers. All of the items are donated by the community.