School supplies

One22 is looking to help families with the rising costs of school supplies through its annual drive.

One22 Resource Center wants school supplies.

Not for itself, but for families across Teton County in need as the school year approaches. For those used to analog school supply drives, One22 has three locations at which to drop off supplies. The metal drop-off bins are at the entrances to One22, Center for the Arts and Teton County Library.

Many of us have become accustomed to doing just about everything on our computers because of the pandemic, so if you don’t want to go to a physical store to buy colored pencils, folders and the like, One22 also has a digital option for donating. The nonprofit has a registry at Target that people can use, and the department store chain will send the supplies directly to One22.

School supplies have become an increasing burden on families. Consulting firm KPMG found that the average family will spend $268 per child on back-to-school items this year — a 9% increase over the previous year — and an average of $849 in total.

To offset the rising costs, 16 states offer sales-tax-free days for back-to-school shopping, but Wyoming is not one of them. One22 is hoping to fill that support need.

“We know families are dealing with stresses of summer, financial and housing insecurity and planning for their children to enter into the school year with their best foot forward,” One22 Resource Center Executive Director Sharel Lund said in a press release. “We are grateful to community members who help ensure that local students are fully supported when returning to school.”

Most people intuitively know what One22 might be looking for, since the basics of school supplies haven’t changed for a long time. Folders, backpacks and art supplies are on the list, but if you’d like a full recounting or other information on the drive, go to One22JH.org/school-supply-drive.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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