PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Laurie Batal screened each item her children brought to the shopping cart as she looked over their school supplies lists, which she had secured to a clipboard. "It's a lot of telling them, 'No, you don't need that,'" said Batal, a Rye resident who was shopping with her three children at Staples Thursday. The Batal children are getting ready to go back to school next week. Her son Michael, 10, starts seventh grade at Rye Middle School on Wednesday, and her two daughters Olivia, 10, and Catherine, 8, start fifth and third grade respectively at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich on Monday.
Batal had received supplies lists from the schools weeks in advance, but waited until the last week to go shopping. She was worried there wouldn't be much left when she got there. "I'm a little surprised," said Batal. "Usually by now, it's slim pickings. I thought it (the store) was going to be packed, but it's not too bad."
Batal said she didn't think everything on her children's school supplies list was necessary, so she made some executive decisions on what she would buy them. Her son Michael came to the cart with a personal dry-erase board, which she vetoed. "You don't need that," she told him. "You already have one at home. See what I mean?"
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