By BRIAN BOHNERT
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
A new tool for area parents is making back-to-school shopping as easy as the click of a mouse.
Fostoria, St. Wendelin, Arcadia and Lakota are among the area school districts with back-to-school supply lists active on TeacherLists.com.
With just two or three clicks, parents can find everything on their child’s list and purchase those items from pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Amazon or Jet.com.
“We’re all busy. Some of us have multiple kids and getting to the store to get everything we need can be a bit of a hassle,” said Dyanne Griffin, TeacherLists vice president of product and client services. “With this you can log on and, after a couple clicks, have the supply list you need and have it shipped to your home.”
Target and Walmart also offer in-store pickup.
To get started, go to TeacherLists.com, enter your zip code, select your school and the grade level your child will be enrolled in, and start shopping.
“It’s much quicker than walking up and down the aisles, trying to find everything you need with everybody else in town at the store,” Griffin said.
The site currently includes lists for: Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, Riley Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, St. Wendelin Elementary School, Arcadia Elementary School, Arcadia Middle School, Lakota Elementary School, Lakota Middle School, Hopewell-Loudon Elementary School, Elmwood Elementary School, Elmwood Middle School and Elmwood High School.
Currently, 1,322 Ohio schools have uploaded their back-to-school supply lists on TeacherLists.com. While some middle and high schools also utilize the site, Griffin said lists are far more common at the elementary school level.
Supply lists for more than 1.1 million classrooms are live on the site and include both “required” and “requested” items, as well as notes from school staff. Lists can be accessed on a smartphone or home computer, and purchases can be made online or in-store.
Griffin said some education technology companies have made the process even simpler by allowing parents to do all their school supply shopping via a mobile app directly linked to their schools.
“Nobody has to hunt for anything anymore,” she said.
TeacherLists’ partnerships with popular retailers has grown since its inception four years ago. After connecting with Target last year, Griffin said the company now gives parents the option to choose whichever retailer they want.
“If they’re a Prime member, they may want to go with Amazon. If they have a local Walmart they like to use, they can go there, too,” she said. “It still is very much a brick and mortar phenomenon, so it is gaining some momentum — especially among millennial moms.”
For more information, visit www.teacherlists.com/parents.