A shopper checks out Walmarts's school supplies at a store in Serra Mesa. Photo by Chris Jennewein
A shopper checks out Walmarts’s school supplies at a store in Serra Mesa. Photo by Chris Jennewein

It’s almost back-to-school time, and Walmart‘s 26 stores in San Diego County are gearing up for their part in what has become the second busiest shopping season of the year.

Nya Cheery, co-manager of the store in Serra Mesa, said she expects to sell $12,000 worth of back-to-school supplies daily during the busiest weekend days, which are typically near the end of August.

“A lot of people are last-minute shoppers every year. It never fails,” she said.

Walmart expects to sell enough school notebook paper to fill 525 jumbo jets, and is offering it at prices as low as 17 cents for a 70-sheet notebook. Store managers say colored pencils and markers, pencil boxes and notebooks are among the hot sellers.

To draw attention to local teachers’ need for school supplies, Walmart provided one kindergarten teacher with a $513 shopping spree. Cynthia Arredondo-Quintanar, who has taught in San Ysidro for 16 years, described the gift as “amazing.”

She said her kindergarten students at Willow Elementary School will be grateful for the supplies. “I’m so excited. I love Walmart,” she said.

Walmart worked with the San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation to choose a school and teacher for the award.

Many schools are providing lists of supplies to Walmart which can be found online by entering a school’s name and zip code.

Cynthia Arredondo-Quintanar wipes away a tear after receiving $513 for school supplies. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.