It’s that time of year again – time to go back to school.
While most children aren’t looking forward to it, they are happy that their parents are buying them new stuff for the upcoming school year, which begins Wednesday, and we don’t mean crayons, pencils, notebooks and folders. No matter their age, students are interested in getting new clothes.
From sleeveless button-down shirts, jeans with flowers on them and jeans in neon shades of pink, yellow and blue, four friends who are ready to start eighth grade at Winman Junior High School next week say H&M, Express, Charlotte Russe and Macy’s in Warwick Mall are the places to shop.
But Abby Almonte, 12, Braelyn Casacalenda, 13, Gwendolyn Kalian, 13, and Isabella Bianchi, 14, all wish they could buy the summer back instead.
“It went by too fast,” Abby said.
Nevertheless, they are looking forward to a few things about the school year.
“I want to see all of my friends and teachers,” Braelyn said.
Matthew Caruso, 14, who will begin 10th grade at Pilgrim High School after working at his father’s company all summer, Johnny On the Spot Welding in Warwick, also is looking forward to seeing his friends at school, while his younger brother, Aiden, 9, who is ready to start fourth grade at Norwood Elementary, has his heart set on a new backpack.
Their mother, Karen, said she anticipates she’ll spend $400 on back-to-school purchases on her children, which is a bit less than last year. As someone who is on medical leave from her job, she’s grateful for sales at Target, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart.
“I’ve been shopping on clearance,” she said.
Elizabeth Hirst of Foster said $200 per child sounds about right, as that’s what she’s spending on her son Ethan Centetuolo, 8, who will be starting third grade at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary. Her stores of choice have been Target, Bob’s and JC Penny.
As for Ethan’s most memorable summer moment, well, it’s yet to come.
“It hasn’t happened yet,” Ethan said, as he and his family will be going to Disney World in Florida this week.
He is particularly excited that he will be staying at a resort with a unique bed.
“I’ll have a pirate ship for a bed,” he said of a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed resort.
Despite the fact that Foster is more than 40 minutes away, Hirst enjoys shopping in Warwick.
“The drive’s not bad – we’re used to it,” she said. “There’s not even a grocery store or restaurant in our town. But it’s OK. We like living there.”