Mum battles school costs

THE process of sending children to school all adds up to a big outlay.

That is how Janine Hyde sees the cost of getting her boys ready for the new school year, with her youngest son joining his brothers Lewis and Koby at Yamba Public School.

Apart from the excitement and sadness of seeing four-year-old Darcy wave goodbye at the gate, Mrs Hyde has had to deal with the practical side of schooling.

She said the usual annual $50 cheque for each child from the State Government had been missed this year.

“With three boys at school, that's $150 we don't get this year,” she said.

“I have used that money in the past to pay for the boys' book packs,” she said.

They cost $45 per child and will have to come out of her own pocket.

Mrs Hyde said uniforms were her biggest cost, with around $170 being spent on shoes, shorts, hats and shirts for Darcy and around $60 for each of the older boys to add to their wardrobe.

She said she likes to buy good quality clothes and shoes that will be passed down the line in time.

Mrs Hyde said the boys' grandmother always pitched in each year, giving her $50 to help send her grandsons back to school.



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