GETTING TO THE POINT OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES.
BACKPACKS: Think pockets. We found packs with pockets for just about everything from pencils to loose change to a water bottle to a basketball. We're still trying to figure out the purpose of a tiny zipper at the top on one pack! For the high school set, messenger bags and crossbody backpacks, such as those made by Kipling, are classy. And boring blue has been upstaged by bright orange, purple and even pink hues.
LUNCH BAGS: Old-fashioned tin lunch boxes are cool, but are easily dented or broken. The best way to keep lunches cool and fresh is with an insulated lunch bag. There are numerous colors and styles to choose from. They're great for every member of the family.
NOTEBOOKS: Parents might find themselves in the notebook aisle for a while. The selection is amazing. A few of our favorites were three-ring binders with a clear pocket front or the Avery drawable binder. Both allow kids to add a personal touch. Mead's Intelli-gear is bound to be a hit with parents. These binders come with education software that includes reference materials and methods for learning and staying organized. Of course, Mead's Harry Potter line of accessories will be popular with kids. Another fun and practical find were book covers by Sock-It-to-Me, which protect and add flare to plain composition notebooks.
ODDS AND ENDS: Don't leave the store without stocking up on pens and pencils. Gel pens are still popular (and are a must-have if you choose the drawable binder). We liked Avery's Gel Works pens. The glitter ones come in such cleverly named colors as ``shocking'' (pink) and ``live wire'' (yellow). Los Angeles County Department of Public Works is urging people to consider the environment when purchasing back-to-school supplies. One easy way is to choose pencils and papers made from recycled materials. Or try soy-based, non-toxic crayons for the little ones. Lastly, save some money by buying a box or pouch for writing tools. A pencil box is more difficult to lose than a pencil.
(1) no caption (Orange Sideout backpack)
(2) Glacier Gear lunch bag available at Staples for $7.98.
(3) no caption (Avery drawable)
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|Title Annotation:||L.A. Life|
|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 19, 2001|
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