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School supplies to be provided for Pre-K through 8th grade students in Calcasieu

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 4:54 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - It’s a yearly routine.

Back to school shopping, but for this upcoming school year, some Calcasieu parents will have one less thing to check on their to-do list.

“I think most people will be very appreciative to have any help they can get, and certainly we were happy to be able to do that,” said Karl Bruchhaus, the superintendent for Calcasieu parish public schools.

The Calcasieu parish school board is buying school supply packages for Pre-K through eighth-grade students.

“So our early childhood students up to second grade have one list, our third through fifth graders have a separate list, and then our middle school students have another list,” he said. There are some different things on each one of those depending on the age group.”

But what is making all of this possible?

Well, as Superintendent Bruchhaus explains, it’s the ESSER funds, a grant provided by the federal government.

“Anything that qualifies for academic gain or improves the, you know, loss of instruction during COVID sanitization, all those kinds of things this grant will pay for, and those are eligible expenditures,” he said. “So this definitely falls into that group as a school supply.”

Now, regarding high schoolers, he said it’s not as easy to buy a uniform package for them, as every student’s schedule is different.

“We will likely come back and provide some things for high schools, like paper towels and Kleenex and those kinds of things.”

While they are only providing basic supplies, he says additional supplies might be needed.

“They’ll let the parents know at the proper time as schools starting what those requests might be.”

When it comes to the possibility of doing this in the future, he had this to say.

“We’ll see looking forward, this grant money extending out for a couple of years, and so possibly we could look at doing it in future years, depending on how things go, and at least for a while.”

He says the supplies have been ordered.

When it comes to the school supplies, paper towels, and the Kleenex they are providing, he says, it will probably cost about $600,000.

For a list of what the school board is providing, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CPSBschools/

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