The cost of going

LIHU’E — Ten-year-old Lauren Goller, one of about 3,500 students on island who

will begin school next week, is looking forward to going to Kapa’a Middle

School even though the early start date did cut into her vacation.

“It was

so short we couldn’t go on our mainland trip this summer,” she


“That’s OK. We took one last winter,” chimed in her mom, Lynn, who

was helping her daughter pick out items Wednesday on her back-to-school

shopping list at Wal-Mart.

Four Kaua’i schools — Kapa’a Elementary,

Middle, and High schools and Kilauea Elementary — will start on the modified

calendar next Wednesday, nearly a month earlier than other public schools on


The other 12 schools — including the new Chiefess Kamakahelei

Middle School in Puhi which will take sixth graders from several elementary

schools in the area — will begin classes on Aug. 23. Meanwhile, Lauren and

Lynn Goller pored over the sixth-grade supply list, printed on hot pink paper.

Give or take a few sundries, Lynn estimated it’ll cost her about $150 to send

her daughter to school this year. And that’s not so bad.

“Actually, I’m

saving a lot because of the t-shirt uniforms. That’s great,” she said,

referring to Kapa’a Middle School’s dress code. The shirts, at $9 a pop, are

worn four days out of five, thus cutting down on the need for more clothes


One or two things on the supply list did puzzle her as she pushed

a shopping cart through the stationary aisle.

“Crayons. I’m not sure why a

sixth-grader needs crayons,” said Lynn Goller.

Especially when those small

items — the three-pack correcting pen set, the three-prong folders, and yes,

the 16-count box of washable crayons — all add up ($1.07, 21 cents and $1.68,

respectively). This aisle alone would run Goller about $30. The rest, including

a combination lock, facial tissues, paper towels, 3.5-inch diskette carrying

case, gym shoes and a flutophone would push the total over $100. That’s not

including off-list items, such as backpacks, calculators, and clothes for aloha

Fridays when the kids don’t have to abide by the uniform rule.

“I’m just

glad I don’t have two” students, Goller said.

Here’s a price list for items

on the Kapa’a Middle School grade-six supply list. Other grades and schools’

items may vary:

* Pencils: $1.67 for a 10-pack (36 are required)

* Red

or blue correcting pens: $1.07 for three (four are required)

* One box of

colored pencils: $5.57

* One box of crayons (washable): $1.68

* One

set of colored markers (washable): $1.27

* One 4-ounce container of glue:

88 cents

* Packs of loose leaf paper: $1.07 for 150 sheets (two packs of

200 or more are required)

* Black and white marble composition tablets

$1.07 (two are required)

* Folders with pockets and three prongs: 21 cents

each (three are required)

* One box of facial tissues: $2.08

* One roll

of paper towels: $2.12

* Combination/or key pad locks: $2.88 (two are


* 3.5-inch diskette carrying case (to hold one or two disks):


Staff writer Brandon Sprague can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

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