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Back-to-School in North America is an annual retail season wherein retailers put out a large quantity of school supplies to meet the demand of the beginning of the new school year. The usual targets of this season are students from kindergarten to twelfth grade and can even go to university.

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A major enjoyable part of this aesthetic is the shopping - any grade, from kindergarten to university, can go back-to-school shopping. As a person gets older, more things can be added to the list (locker decor, calculator, laptop, etc.). Some common things people almost always buy include:

  • Notebooks
  • Ring binders
  • Lined or graph paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Pencils and pens
  • Erasers
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Scissors and glue
  • Highlighters
  • Math toolkits (protractor, ruler, regular and divider compasses, possibly a geometry template)

Other items are less frequent because they are either dependant on age, circumstances or simply requires less frequent replacement:

  • Locker decor
  • Laptops
  • Backpacks
  • Lunchboxes


In your typical public American school, children express themselves from clothing, some schools have uniforms that kids are obligated to wear throughout the school year. Usually, children wear:

  • The school uniform that the school offers them
  • Shirts of their choice
  • Jeans (no rips due to dress codes in place)
  • Shoes (Adidas or Nike are the most popular)
  • Gym clothing (if a school has one)

When children become teenagers, the role of fashion and clothing become much more important than children in elementary school. This is when teenagers are trying to find out their idenity and it is an opportunity for teens to "reinvent themselves" before the new school year. Teenagers become more stable with their identity in the upper end of high school than in middle school and earlier years of high school.


Most kids in school have their parents make their lunches, but if optional, they get their lunches from the school cafeteria. Some of those foods that are the most popular in typical American schools are:

  • Sandwiches (any kind)
  • Mac-n-cheese
  • Pizza (any kind)
  • Water
  • Juice (Apple is most popular)
  • Milk (specifically chocolate and regular)
  • Fries
  • Fruit (can be any)
  • Veggies (any)



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