Last-Minute School Preparations

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

The back to school list is long.

"I need folders to put paper in, pencils, pens and everything," 8th grade student Allison Pingston says.

And, just when families like the Pingstons think they have their child's backpack full of all the supplies they could possibly need, the family discovered...

"We missed a couple things, and we had to go today and pick some more stuff up," mother Julie Pingston says. That forces her family to go back to stores like Target at the last minute.

Buying supplies though is just the beginning of the back to school preparation, according to the Pingston family. They say there's still a lot that has to happen before their daughter, Allison, and her classmates fill the halls of Holt Junior High.

"We've been trying to practice getting up a little earlier this week, instead of staying up late and getting back in that routine," Pingston says.

And, in addition to the early wake up times, comes a pretty long day of sports practices for the Pingstons, and with sports comes a pretty intense game of which parent picks up what kid and at what time. It's all part of a series of anxiety filled days that parents call the school year.

"Will they be in class with their friends? Will they have a good teacher? Will they wake up on time," Allison Pingston asks.

A stressful time for parents indeed. The kids though, are surprisingly ready to go back.

"Summer is kind of longer this year since we don't have to go back till after Labor Day. I was getting kind of bored," Allison Pingston says.

And no, we didn't pay her to say that. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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