You can pick up the Horry County Schools supply list for elementary and middle grades in Wal-Mart, Target and other local stores, but you can also print out a copy here and be ready to hit the ground running for the annual tax free weekend.
Back to school preparation in Myrtle Beach occurs in August, with start dates varying each year between the 15th and the 22nd days of the month. Although the last thing the kids want to do right now is to think about school supplies, moms have been ready for this for a month.
Teachers are given a budget each year for paper, making copies and so on, but I’ll tell you from experience, it covers very little of what is needed. Back in the Dark Ages when I taught sixth and seventh grade we got $100 and I think it’s probably close to the same amount today. That doesn’t go very far and many teachers put in their own money to make up the difference. Whenever possible, parents need to help carry the load.
Students have always been responsible for providing their own personal items like crayons, markers, and notebooks, but everyday items like tissues for runny noses, paper towels to clean up messes, and zip lock storage bags for a myriad of things are also needed. Since these things are not provided by the schools, teachers need parents’ help.
Each of the schools has its own lists by grade, so you’ll need to check your specific school for what’s needed. You can find the elementary school list here on the Horry County Schools website. Just click on elementary or middle schools for the list of schools, then click on the school to pull up each schools supply list.
For example, Kindergarten students at Socastee Elementary need the following:
While eight graders at North Myrtle Beach Middle School need the following:
Teachers are always happy to get more, so throw an extra box of tissues or even a ream of copy paper in your basket. For a teacher, it’s like Christmas.
If you want to find some really fun classroom stuff, check
out Teacher’s Touch & Parents Too at 2610 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
It’s a great place for teacher gifts as well.
For over 17 years South Carolina has offered parents a sales tax break in buying school supplies. For one weekend in August parents can purchase supplies tax free. This can be a considerable savings, especially inside the Myrtle Beach city limits where the sales tax rate is 8%. If you are shopping in the county, the Horry County sales tax rate is 7%. Click here for more Horry County tax information.
The tax free weekend also lets parents buy school clothes, backpacks, lunch boxes and other necessary items and save on the sales tax. Click here for this year’s tax free weekend dates. It will also tell you some of the items that are tax free.
So if you’re a mom or dad who can’t wait for school to start, you don’t have long to wait. Meanwhile, it’s time to start shopping!