Back To School … Already?!

I’ve seen many family and friends living in Florida and other parts of the country who’ve posted on Facebook that their children have recently started school. Being from the Northeast and being used to school starting closer to Labor Day, this just seems way early! I mean, it was just Memorial Day, right? What happened to the summer?

Anyway, in “honor” of school starting, if not now, then very soon, here are some really great facts compiled by

  • There are approximately 33 million elementary school children in the U.S, 17 million kids attending high school, and 8.8 million children in nursery schools and kindergartens.
  • All told, including college students, there are about 78 million kids heading back to school every fall.
  • There are about 8 million teachers in the U.S.
  • The average family spends $700 in school supplies every year, adding up to $80 billion in annual sales.
  • School buses have been around since 1915, but the official color of bright yellow wasn’t adopted until 1939.
  • Across the country, there are approximately 480,000 registered school buses, taking 26 million children to and from school every day.
  • The largest public high school in the U.S. is Morton High in Berwyn-Cicero, Illinois, with 8,000 students.
  • Arizona State is the largest public university, with 81,000 students.
  • The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times and write about 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long before it’s out of service.
  • The average cost of a school lunch is $2.70 – $3.10, and 11.6 million children eat breakfast at school daily.

Panelists: If you are buying back-to-school supplies, please don’t forget to scan them! Many of these items are sold as multipacks. Please refer to the FAQs section on if you have questions about recording multipacks.

Have a great weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Back To School … Already?!”

  1. As I am a new member and just opened my app today I did not get the chance to scan all the school supplies I needed to purchase this year. But I will tell you that it did cost less to purchase school supplies for my 4 younger grandsons then it was to purchase supplies for my 11 year old sixth grade daughter. I think it’s because girls are just more pickier then boys are.

  2. As I had not received my scanner when I had purchased my college fall supplies I didn’t have the opportunity to scan them, but hopefully come spring semester which starts in January I will get to scan all those expensive school books and such.

  3. In western PA the temperatures in early September were in the high 80’s which made it difficult for schools with no air conditioning. The teachers were cranky, the kids were exhausted – some schools treated it like a snow day and sent the kids home early before the afternoons got too heated.

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