Sometimes just the sight of the school supply list is daunting, and inside the stores it can be hard to find everything you need. But it doesn't have to be so tough.
For many years now, Mississippi Discount Drugs in Clinton has been pre-bagging school supplies for each school, grade, and gender in the Clinton area.
"It was just a thing to help the parents," said floor manager Natalie Thomas. "We don't charge anything to pack the bags up, we just do it as a convenience for parents because we know how hectic back-to-school is."
When the store began doing this, they serviced just the Clinton schools. Now they pack school supply bags for Jackson schools, Raymond, and Hinds County.
"I have a Clinton Park first grader, it's a girl," said parent Clay Mansell as he picked up a bag of supplies.
He says the pre-bagged materials save time and trouble.
"Oh it's great," said Mansell. "We don't have to go to a store and find the list, and decide which ones of each we're getting."
The school supply bags cost between $20 and $50 dollars. The store will also fill bags on demand.
"Parents sometimes bring in private school lists, or schools that we don't have the lists for yet, and they bring them in and say give us five minutes and we'll bag this up for you," Thomas said.
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