Parents/Kids Get Ready for 'Back to School'

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - "Back to school" brings feelings of
anticipation, excitement and worry for parents and kids alike. A little
advance preparation - both emotional and physical - can make the transition
easier for the whole family.
    For kids, a big part of "back to school" is having their backpack filled
with the right school gear. Crayola(R) has put together a list of basic
supplies that parents should stock up on for work at-home and at-school. The
age/grade specific lists can be found at
    Parents can give their children an extra boost of confidence by adding
Crayola's new Total Tools(TM) line-up of products to the back-to-school
shopping list. Crayola Total Tools(TM) are specially designed to help
school-age children be creative and efficient in completing their homework and
arts and crafts projects. After thorough research and development, Crayola has
created six unique tools to get the job done whether it's cutting, gluing,
stapling, writing or highlighting.
    Total Tools(TM) Pivoting Cutter cuts where scissors can't, safely and
easily. The pivoting cutting blade cuts smoothly through paper, making curvy
and straight lines even from the centre of the page, and won't harm skin.
Total Tools(TM) Glue Roller lays down a narrow strip of glue without any lumps
or globs-exactly where you want it. The glue goes on purple but dries clear. A
see-through window in the handle shows you how much glue remains. Total
Tools(TM) Staple-Free Stapler can hold up to four sheets of paper together
while adding a colourful design from its self-inking stamp-without using
    Total Tools(TM) Write Color Pencils are a set of 10 dual-ended pencils
that allow you to colour and write without having to switch pencils: one side
is a coloured pencil and the other is a No. 2 graphite pencil. The grips are
movable for easy sharpening. Total Tools(TM) Dual Coloured Highlighters make
coding fast and easy with two highlighter markers in orange/purple and
yellow/green. Total Tools(TM) Erasable Highlighters let you undo when you
overdo! These bright yellow highlighters have an eraser on one end to clean up
any stray marks, making them perfect for school projects.
    Once moms and dads have outfitted their children with clothes, shoes,
backpacks, school supplies and lunch pails, there is still the emotional side
of 'back to school' preparedness. The Crayola website is filled with helpful
tips for parents and kids to get back into 'school' mode after the summer
holidays. In the week before school starts, it's good to talk over with kids
about their expectations and prepare them for the realities of waking up
early, rushed mornings and being responsible for getting work done. Those
first few days of school will go more smoothly if families agree on a list of
favourite breakfast foods that are healthy, quick and easy to fix and if
decisions about school clothing are made the night before.
    Establishing routines for before and after school - for a balance of
homework and play/personal time - helps kids feel confident, able to put out
their best effort and succeed. For more information, go to

    For over one hundred years, Crayola has been providing parents and
children with the tools to be creative. From the preschoolers' first Washable
Crayons to primary grades' Twistables(TM) Erasable Crayons and Pencils and
Erasable Markers to middle and high schoolers' Erasable Coloured Pencils,
Crayola offers every essential tool for back to school.

For further information:

For further information: For further details or to arrange interviews,
please contact: Carol McDonald, Crayola Canada, (905) 875-1795,

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