I can't help that agree that this is what it comes down to. I agree that there is some real, serious poverty out there. My students tell me a lot that goes on in their households, and it's heartbreaking. I just can't agree that the responsibility to buy their supplies falls on me or my school. Don't get me wrong, I do it. I'm just not happy about it. A while back, my student's notebook ran out for the 3rd time because she kept doodling in it. I told her she needed another one and that she should tell her mom to get her one. She came back the next day and told me mom said no. I told her to let her mom know that she could get one from the dollar store. The student came back the next day and said "She still says no. She said you probably have some." I'm sure she thinks that because I had been buying her daughter stuff all year. As a school, we do so much for the families, we really do. Teacher volunteers give English classes. We work with local churches to get backpack and coat donations. For instrumental music, we loan out the instruments so families have to buy them. We do so much, but it does start to become an expectation for some, and there are some families who seem to start to expect it.