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School Supplies

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One way teachers offset poverty in the classroom is by reaching into their wallets.

For some parents, filling a shopping cart with school supplies is a chore. For others, it's an impossibility. Many teachers would rather spend their own money, than see kids in their class go without.

How much are parents around the country spending on back-to-school supplies? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Americans will drop about $8.6 billion this month on pens, notebooks, lunch boxes and more. NPR’s new education blog took a closer look at those costs by surveying nine schools around the country, including Atherton Elementary in Arlington. It checked each school’s recommended “supply list” for first, third and fifth graders.

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Free school supplies will be handed out at the 18th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas. It opens at 8 a.m. Friday in Fair Park.

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The annual Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair greeted 40,000 to 50,000 people at Fair Park today.

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The annual back-to-school fairs in Dallas and Tarrant counties are approaching. For free school supplies and other benefits, families must register in advance.

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Some 40,000 people packed Fair Park’s two huge halls Thursday for free school supplies, health checks, hair cuts and more.