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(NC) - A new study by Staples Business Depot and Angus Reid Strategies shows 34 per cent of Canadian students will start school this year without eve ...

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Teachers spend their own money on school supplies, study

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(NC) - A new study by Staples Business Depot and Angus Reid Strategies shows 34 per cent of Canadian students will start school this year without even the most basic school supplies, and teachers will spend their own money to try and restore the balance. The survey points to an alarming reliance on teachers to pay for school supplies.

One in five teachers say half of all their students start the year without the supplies they need. Compared to five years ago, Canadian teachers say the number of students who start a new school year without the supplies they need is increasing.

Quebec and Ontario seem to be at opposite ends of the school supply spectrum. Teachers from Ontario indicate the highest proportion of students starting the school year without all of the proper essentials, while teachers from Quebec indicate the lowest (41 per cent versus 28 per cent respectively).

While the cost of school supplies is the biggest contributor (72 per cent), the results also suggest a disconnect between the school and the student in understanding who is responsible for purchasing which supplies.

Staples Business Depot has launched its annual school supply drive to try to tackle the problem. Between August 9 and September 7, customers are encouraged to purchase school supplies and donate them to local schools and charities through Staples Business Depot stores. Last year, Staples raised $300,000 in donated school supplies across the country. To find out how to donate within your community, stop by your local Staples Business Depot store or visit www.staples.com.

Credit: www.newscanada.com