Last Saturday, I covered the ninth annual We Care Fair at Abundant Life Church here in Neosho. The smiles of children and their parents were seen as countless school supplies, backpacks, blue jeans, shoes, socks were given to the school children. This is a great event and I am glad that our community comes together to provide for these families.

Last Saturday, I covered the ninth annual We Care Fair at Abundant Life Church here in Neosho. The smiles of children and their parents were seen as countless school supplies, backpacks, blue jeans, shoes, socks were given to the school children. This is a great event and I am glad that our community comes together to provide for these families.
Lets face it, school supplies are getting more and more expensive. I remember when I was in school, we bought just paper, pencils, folders. Nowadays, there are a lot more that parents have to provide for their children to go to school.
Thus, it is time once again for school to begin.
To this day, I still remember school supply shopping with my parents. Mom would usually take my brother, Greg and I shopping in either Neosho or Joplin. We would get up very early on a Friday morning, mom would have sales fliers in hand and we would venture off to the store. Now back then, I believe we didn’t have a school supply list. We mostly just got the basics (such as the paper, pencils, folders). We would walk up and down the aisles searching for the items. Before long, our shopping cart would be as full as possible.
The next place we would go to would be the Northpark Mall to purchase clothing items if we could not find them at Wal-Mart.
Now for Greg and I, it had to be one sort of clothes that the East Newton School District allowed: Blue jeans for boys, T-shirts of course and then underwear and socks. New tennis shoes would also be on the list.
It was always hard for me to find blue jeans in my size, because with me being tall, my size would be odd size. So the searching began. We started at JC Penny, then went to Montgomery Ward and even back to Wal-Mart. Let me tell you, it seemed to take all day, but eventually, we got the school clothes.
After a long day of school supply shopping and clothes shopping, we would meet up with Dad for a dinner break. At that time, we would sit and talk as a family on the day’s events.
When Tina and I are out and about, we always talk about how it was when we were in school compared to the students today. School supplies for the most part are the same, however, notebook computers are being more and more used than the typical paper notebooks.
As I end this week’s column, teachers and students have a great school year.






Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.