The Detroit school district is struggling mightily with a significant budget deficit and impending state intervention.

One city school is particularly hard-hit, appealing this week for donations of basic items such as light bulbs, trash bags, paper towel rolls and toilet paper.

Academy of the Americas administrators sent home a letter with students asking parents and others to donate the supplies.

Students say the items are expected to be accepted at the front office starting Monday.

But the request has angered some parents who say it could unfairly burden them during the ongoing economic slump.

One parent at the pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school tells The Detroit News she can't even donate the items to herself.