Katie Couric's Notebook: School Supplies

Katie Couric is off today.

It's that time of year again as millions of children enjoy their last few days of freedom before heading back to school.

By Labor Day weekend, the drug store stationary aisles usually look ransacked as kids and parents alike grab all the notebooks, protractors and pencil sharpeners they can cram into a cart.

But that's not the case this year.

The tough economic times have people cutting back on school supplies. A USA Today poll found that 65 percent of families are buying only the bare essentials, and the majority of parents are hunting discount stores for the best bargains.

Some families can't afford school supplies at all.

So, if you're fortunate enough to have a few dollars to spare this season, consider donating extra supplies and backpacks to a local children's charity.

The first day of school is exciting for kids, and it's even better when they have all the tools they need to succeed.

I'm Maggie Rodriguez, CBS News.