It’s back to school and that means ...

By the numbers - August 2005


 
 
 

The time is almost here: Time for classes, time for books, time for teachers welcoming and pleasant looks. This will take some preparation. Back-to-school supplies by the numbers:

14,000,000,000 Dollars spent on back-to-school supplies, clothes and other items for kids in grades K-8 each year.

1,000,000,000 Dollars American teachers spent out of their own pockets last year for instructional and school supplies in K-8 schools.

483.23 Dollars, the average amount spent by families with children on school supplies last year.

14.3 Percent of Americans who shop for school supplies online.

15 Percent increase this year in money spent on computer-related school supplies.

4,070,000,000 Dollars spent on elementary and high school textbooks each year.

0 Dollars spent on textbooks at Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., where textbooks will be replaced by laptops for all students this year.   20 Percent of American parents who say going shopping for back-to-school supplies is “worse than doing laundry.”

8 Percent of American parents who say going shopping for back-to-school supplies is “worse than doing my taxes.”

4 P.M. or so and after, the best time to buy children’s back-to-school shoes for the best fit, according to orthopedic surgeons, because feet swell throughout the day.

6,000 Back injuries a year in the United States attributed to carrying overweight school backpacks.

15 Percent of a child’s body weight—the most that a school backpack should weigh.

Zay N. Smith

 
 







 
 
 
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