Must-Have Supplies for the First Day of School

We asked Jan Harp Domene, national president of the PTA, to explain what stuff your little student really needs to bring on the first day of school.

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Art Supplies

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Art Supplies

Ask the teacher for specifics. And remember: Those markers should be washable!

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Luggage Tag

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Luggage Tag

Attach it inside the backpack so no one can see your contact info.

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How to Choose a Lunchbox

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Two-Pocket Folder

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Two-Pocket Folder

Keep permission slips, class announcements, and your kid's art in one place.

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Alcohol-Free Antibacterial Wipes

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Alcohol-Free Antibacterial Wipes

Kids need these to clean their hands and desks so they won't swap germs.

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Tissues

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Tissues

The teacher will be grateful -- he usually has to buy them for the classroom himself.

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Blanket for Reading and Naptime

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Blanket for Reading and Naptime

Don't buy a huge one: Your child needs it for comfort, not warmth.

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A Family Photo

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A Family Photo

Just be sure it won't make your child more homesick.

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A Change of Clothes

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A Change of Clothes

The teacher will need it on hand if your kid gets messy or has an accident.

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