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How much do school supplies really cost?

A new survey finds that notebooks and pencils can add up quickly.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 10:50 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 7:59 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A new survey by Deloitte finds that the average amount of money families are spending on school supplies this year is more than $500 and adds up to $28B total.

It's the hefty cost that leads to some people, like Donna Dempewolf, to buy and donate school supplies to families who have a hard time paying.

"I was just picking up some basic school supplies, backpack filled with paper and folders, and if you haven't done that I'd encourage you to do that as well," she said.

KIMT is joining up again with First Citizens Bank, Diamond Jo Casino, and the Salvation Army to collect school supplies.

Donations can be dropped off at any First Citizens Bank in Mason City and Kanawha, the Salvation Army, Diamond Jo Casino, and the KIMT studios.

The last day to donate is August 10, and families can register at Salvation Army on August 16 to pick up their school supplies for the year.

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