If your child is going to middle school
he or she probably attended orientation or open house. It's possible your child took a tour of the school, and knows all about the organizations and clubs that he can join. But your child might not know about the middle school store. The school store can be a valuable resource for your tween and also, for you. Be sure you ask about the store, the supplies it stocks and how it works. Below is what you should know.
The Middle School Store
What is the School Store?: The school store is a small shop where students can purchase common school supplies that they might run out of or suddenly need. The store is likely to stock:
Pencils and pens
Loose leaf paper
Colored pencils, crayons or markers
Sketch books and other art supplies
Popular books, or posters
Locker decorations such as magnets or white boards
Snacks for children who forgot to bring their lunch
It's also possible that your child may be able purchase her gym uniform at the school store, or other items with the school logo on it such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hand towels, stadium cups or other items.
Tickets for special events, such as dances or school carnivals might also be purchased at the store
Where is the Store?: When touring your child's middle school it's important to ask about the location of the school store. Many schools will simply set up a store in an empty closet, while others might have a table set aside for school supplies that your child can purchase. Normally, the school store stays open a few minutes before the bell rings for the first class, so your child might not have much time to get to the store upon arriving at school. That's one reason many schools place the store near the front of the school, where students might pass it upon arriving for school.
Who Runs the Store?: The school store may be a service provided by volunteers from the school's PTA (Parent Teacher Association) as a way to raise money for the school. But it's also possible that the store may be organized and run by a student group, such as by members of a club such as the business club, or the math club.
Are Items Expensive?: Items for purchase at the school store are normally reasonably priced. While there might be a slight mark up, it's probably not much more than you would pay at your local school supply store.
Note: Having a resource such as the school store can be a real convenience for your child. Be sure your child keeps a little money in his backpack so that he can visit the school store should he need to replace school supplies suddenly or at the last minute. Some school stores may allow your child to carry a credit or a balance, but it's probably best to give your child a few dollars to use for emergencies, just in case.