School supply lists go digital

— Some Sand Creek Middle School parents have a new way of getting supply lists for the upcoming school year. Instead of wrinkled pieces of paper sent home the last day of school, they have Teacherlists.com, a website that launched in April and already has supply lists posted for 48,000 classrooms nationwide.

“Every year, right about now, is the annual scramble for parents, especially if they have multiple kids. … As a parent, you’re running around hoping you can find these lists and forgetting them when you go to the store,” said Tim Sullivan, the website’s founder. “The whole idea is to make this much easier for parents.”

Teachers have the option of posting their individual supply lists on teacherlists.com. Parents can then access the lists at home on the computer or right in the store on a smartphone.

“Life will be much simpler for everybody — teachers, schools and parents — if there’s one place for these lists,” said Sullivan.

An added bonus for teachers is that they get free products for posting on the site.

“That’s the magic bullet for us. We have a bunch of sponsors supporting this thing and providing free products,” said Sullivan.

The incentive to earn free classroom supplies is how Sullivan is hoping to change what he believes, as a parent himself, is a longstanding habit.

“Schools think (teacherlists.com) is useful but the funny thing is they have a ton of their own habits, so it’s a matter of changing a habit,” said Sullivan.

Companies like Bounty, Elmer’s, Puffs and Mr. Clean have signed on to fuel the school supply frenzy. Teachers receive free glue sticks just for posting a list and the most active schools will receive Super Sully Packs, which include more than $200 in free supplies.

To search for lists, parents type in the school’s zip code. Five Sand Creek Middle School teachers have supply lists and wish lists posted.

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