It’s the busiest year ever for the secondhand schoolbook shop run by the Dundalk People’s Resource Centre since it was established over 18 years ago the Democrat can reveal
‘It’s been the busiest year for the shop since we were established over 18 years ago’, said manager John Matthews while speaking to The Dundalk Democrat this week, ‘People have been coming from outside town to the shop, I’ve talked to people who have travelled from everywhere in Co. Louth, it’s not just people from Dundalk who’s calling in’.
Last week, children’s charity Barnardo’s released it’s annual report on the costs of sending kids to school which revealed that the average cost of sending a child to junior infants this year is €350, rising to €805 for a student starting secondary school.
‘It’s crazy money, if you have two or three children it amounts to a serious amount of money. We hear stories everyday from parents who are finding it hard to pay for back to school costs, a few parents said last week that they have to use child benefit to try and pay for the costs of stuff’ said John.
Explaining the service offered at the Centre, John said, ‘We take books in on a sale or return policy and all books must be in good condition and on the current curriculum. We have primary and secondary school books and parents can save 50 per cent on the costs of a book that can cost €50 or €60’.
Meanwhile, John said that he was pleased that there was very little changes to text books this year, helping parents to reduce school costs and giving them the opportunity to purchase secondhand books.
‘It’s not been too bad this year, there is a few changes and then some schools have said that books will be decided in September’, said John.
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.