Even with the opening day of Washington County Public Schools a month away, school-supply shoppers were out in large numbers Friday at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at the Centre at Hagerstown.
Karen Cronise of Boonsboro said it's become a tradition for her to pick up school supplies for her grandson, Eric Santis, who is entering third grade. Eric's parents take care of getting him new clothes.
Lori Pepple of Sharpsburg was holding a list of items she planned to buy for her daughters, Bethany, 7, who is starting third grade, and Jenna, 10, who is going into fifth grade.
The girls had pencils, but they needed notebooks, binders and tissues, their mother said.
Sheila Mangum figured she had about 60 items still to buy for son David, going into fifth grade; daughter Angel, going into sixth grade; and son Pierce, going into seventh grade.