I wonder how everyone handles and feels about this. Last year we were instructed to do community supplies but the entire idea was a disaster. As soon as parents received the supplies list it was here go hell come. Of course the first day all the parents were asking "Why can't my Sally use her sparkly folders and My Little Pony pens?" ",Does my child really have to use crayons other kids have used?". Our P nixed the idea and said that next year the supplies list would be modified; of course there would be the standard required supplies but we added a pencil box and the option to purchase themed notebooks and folders and of course the community supply idea was abolished. This has been a blessing in disguise and going into the second year it has worked out wonderfully! It has really inspired sharing amongst my students, like trading pretty pencils or folders. Borrowing has become successful as well. Every Friday I do a pencil box check and I give treats for those who have kept theirs tidy. So far everyone has succeeded and I never have to withhold prizes. I have been amazed how the lack of a community box had inspired so much... community heh. The kids love Fridays and impressing me by how clean they keep the entire room... not just the boxes. So those of you that teach lower elementary: how are you making it work? Community supplies? Individual boxes? Sharing or no sharing? Has it been successful?