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10 large pink erasers? What does a second grade class need with 250 pink erasers? - Page 8
Growing up in a rural town we had to supply all our own paper, pencils etc. So being handed a list for school supplies does not bother me at all. My DS is in 4th grade and when we were picking out erasers last week he grabbed extra big ones. He said he always runs out and wanted more on hand.
Our present school system does not begin asking for supplies until 4th grade. For K-3 the teachers send home notes for items they need and ask for donations from any parent who can. Tissues, clorox wipes etc.
I understand pooling the resources, though when your child spends time picking out a certain color folder or pencil they get upset when it is pooled and they do not get the one they picked out. We have not always been informed the items will be pooled.
The only thing that bothered me was that in my DS's old school we were given a huge list of items and it included things like binders, scissors and other re-useable items. And we would be asked for the same items again the following year. The scissors were never sent home with the ids at the end of the year. I always wondered what in the world the school did with all those scissors :)
I wonder if it would be better to send out an assigned list like they do with parties and ask one parent to bring in 40 boxes of crayons. And if they were still .25cents then that would be 10 bucks. That's 20 less than I spent on all the supplies per kid. Maybe break it up and say 20 crayon boxes and 10 note books... But then some parents may not like that either.
That's actually a good idea, IMO. Then at least all the kids' supplies would be the same, which can be pretty important to them, especially at the younger ages.
But then parents are going to be complaining that they have to buy 20 pairs of scissors while someone else only has to buy 20 erasers which are much cheaper. Or they will complain that their child has to use RoseArt crayons because the parent that bought the crayons was too cheap to get Crayolas. At least asking each kid for an identical list makes it seem outwardly 'fair'... I've never heard of pooling supplies though. When I was a kid, we just each used what we brought. It taught us to take care of our stuff, because there wasn't a supply closet filled with extras if we were careless.