With just a few days to go before another school year commences, thousands of people have been flocking to the secondhand school bookshop run by the Dundalk People’s Resource Centre.
According to manager John Matthews, who spoke to The Dundalk Democrat, it has been one of the busiest years for the shop which was established 19 years ago.
John said: “It has been another busy year for the shop. The number of people coming into the shop would be similar to last year.
“It’s not just Dundalk people that use the shop. We have people coming from outside the county. A lot of people that have lost their jobs and now coming to us looking for support and assistance.”
John has also welcomed the voucher initiative from local schools, whereby schools provide parents with means tested vouchers to purchase books.
“This is a very good initiative,” said John, “Any supports that can be given to parents is very much so welcomed. It’s down to the individual schools to conduct this, but it’s welcoming news.
“Some schools are using a lot of new edition textbooks, which means that books cannot be passed down to the next child. This adds more expense for the parent. This is something that has been raised by many groups.”
The shop take books in on a sale or return policy and all books must be in good condition and on the current curriculum.
Primary and secondary school books are offered and parents can save 50 per cent on the costs of a book that can cost €50 or €60.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s released it’s annual report on the costs of sending kids to school.
The school costs survey found that on average parents are paying €350 for a child in senior infants, €400 for children in 4th class in primary school and €785 for a child going into first year in secondary school.
The shop is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and on Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. from now until the end of September