After more than a year of uncertainty, hardships and creative solutions, class is starting around the state.
While students are heading back to the classroom, more students than normal may be facing financial hardships. To make up for it, local organizations are working to get students the supplies they need to have a successful school year.
"The teachers who haven't shopped with us before it is almost like Christmas morning watching them walk back there," said Carrie Snodgrass, the Communications & PR Program Manager for Feed The Children.
Feed The Children is a non-profit working to make sure children’s bellies and teachers' classrooms are full this school year.
Last week, about 1,500 teachers came to the store set up by Feed The Children. They were able to grab things like notebooks, pens and books for their classrooms. All of it, completely free.
Teachers can still sign up to take advantage of this resource. You can find locations around the state by clicking here.
"After the opening week they can come back once a month throughout the school year and restock," said Snodgrass.
Several organizations have come together through the app Ibotta to give some free school supplies. Parents can log into the app and follow simple instructions to get cash back on a few items like a notebook and pencils.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said another way to get help buying supplies is to reach out to your child's school directly.
"For those who are financially struggling and do not have the ability to get those supplies there are ways to be a part of a donation group and get help and for those who have the ability ask for ways that you can help,” said Hofmeister.