More than 80% of Columbine High School students, some as young as 14, packed their own bags to attend classes, the school district announced Monday.
Students at Columbine were required to pack their own school supplies as part of their graduation, which was held in April 1999.
But some students were given access to the school’s backpack program, where they could pick up items from a vending machine.
The school also created a new backpack program in 2002 that allowed students to use the school bag, which is now used by about 50,000 students.
Students said it was a positive change.
“It makes us feel like we’re really in school,” said one student, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“I just thought it was good to have something that we could use, that was useful to have in our hands,” said another.
The Columbine School Board is expected to discuss its plan at a meeting Wednesday.