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Back to School Supplies: Notebooks, Pencils, Locker Chandeliers?

To what extent would you go to make your kid happy on the first day of school?

The days of school supplies consisting simply of pencil and paper are long gone, but several items from the glitzy to the cutting edge are becoming must-have items for students.

Parents are already stocking up on the basics of highlighters, crayons, glue and folders, but the demand for more expensive items like graphing calculators and e-readers is growing.

Are you getting your child an e-reader or iPad as part of back to school shopping? Tell us why or why not in comments.

The Sacramento Bee recently reported that a survey shows 42 percent of parents plan to include electronics–laptops, tablets and even cell phones–as part of their back-to-school purchases. Forty nine percent of the parents surveyed said their child's school require electronics for educational purposes.

A Staples representative shared a number of items that kids are demanding this year, including locker accessories like shag carpet and a flashing chandelier, reports WATE.com.

Students are even buying disco ball lights for their lockers, according to the Sioux City Journal.

But a Target representative told the Journal that, while many of these items may seem frivolous, students are learning to "express their individuality."

For parents seeking a lead on the bare minimum of school supplies here in Howard County, requested by Grace Community Church for donation last year. Good luck shopping!

  • Backpack (no wheeled backpacks)
  • Marble composition notebooks
  • 3-ring hole pocket folders w/ fasteners (solid colors best)
  • 3-ring hole pocket folders w/o fasteners (solid colors)
  • 3-ring holed subject dividers
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • School box or zippered pencil pouch
  • No. 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Large pink erasers
  • Crayons - 8, 16, 24 count
  • 8-pack thick markers

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