Every year I stock up on pencils from Staples's $0.01 deal, and right now I've got plenty ready to go. The same thing happens every year though. No matter how often I contact home...no matter how often I stamp in their notebooks that they are running low on pencils...I always end up running out (or very close to it) by the end of the year because I'm giving them out to students in need. Of course I don't mind giving them out. I mean...that's what I bought them for! I think what irritates me though is the lack of accountability that my students (and sometimes even parents) have for their supplies. For the first few months of school I will have extra pencils in a bucket ready to go each day, and I'll pass out pre-sharpened pencils to students who need them when they ask. Right around January though, things change. To help students try and become more accountable for their stuff, I keep a list of who borrowed a pencil from me. Students can get one pencil per week. So if Student A borrowed a pencil on a Wednesday, then he won't get another one until the following Wednesday. It's my intention that on Friday when Student A asks for another and I politely say not until Wednesday, he will remember that and tell his parents that he needs more pencils for school. This has worked for the most part in the past, but not to the extent that I'd like. I still get students asking from January until June for pencils, and I'm looking to minimize that from happening this year. I'd like to change things up a bit with how I handle the pencils situation. I hesitate to charge any money (even if it is just a penny) for a pencil because something about that just doesn't seem right to me. I'm also not really looking to set up any kind of classroom economy with fake money either. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can make my students more responsible when it comes to their pencils?