Back-to-School: Northlanders Stock Up on Supplies

Baihly Warfield
August 28, 2017 10:16 PM

Break out the crayons. The countdown is on for back-to-school in the Northland, and people are getting ready. 

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The Duluth Target's back-to-school was hopping Monday morning, and some of the shelves were already getting low on supplies for students of all ages. 

"We're here to buy school supplies for big brother Oliver. He starts 4K at Northern Lights in Superior," Hannah Murphy said. 

She and Oliver's little sister were checking things off their list. 

"Mostly art supplies: crayons, markers, paint," Murphy said. "And then of course things to keep the room clean so Lysol wipes, Kleenex, plates, Ziploc bags."

Murphy is sending her first off to school, and she said that he is excited. They live close to Northern Lights, so they have been able to go play on the playground and get familiar with the building. 

"It's going to be big. Big deal," she said. 

Teachers are also heading back to set up classrooms and participate in workshops. Local nonprofit Companies to Classrooms is helping them get ready. 

"We have set up a store atmosphere here and then we invite area teachers to come in and shop," Mary Streufert with Companies to Classrooms said. 

Volunteers, some of them teachers themselves, were dusting, sweeping and organizing the Lincoln Park store throughout the day Monday. Companies to Classrooms is open three days a week starting Tuesday. 

Streufert said this is one of the busiest times for them. 

"We get a lot of new teachers in who have never taught before, so they don't have a backlog of things for bulletin boards or just supplies," she said. 

Companies donate supplies, and teachers can come in once a month and pick out 15 items from the stock. 

"Paper goes, hand sanitizer, gluesticks. We can hardly keep enough gluesticks in stock," Streufert said. 

Minnesota Power also sent some volunteers Monday afternoon to help paint a couple walls in the lobby. 

Streufert said while they obviously rely on supply donations, they also could use money to help pay for rent, insurance and other expenses. 

Many schools are starting next Tuesday, Sept. 5. Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor and Esko are all in that group. Cloquet goes back to school Wednesday, Sept. 6. 


Baihly Warfield

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