So, like many of you, I am asked to prepare a supply list for the upcoming school year. And every year I am disappointed when only a handful of students actually have everything specified on the supply list. My list is not long or involved. To purchase everything would be $10 or $15, tops. Last year I asked my students (individually) why they didn't have their supplies. I work in a low-income district, so I was fully expecting them to say something about mom not having money, younger siblings taking up all of the back-to-school funds, etc. Instead, their responses were "I didn't know we had a supply list" or "my mom doesn't look at that when she goes shopping". SO MUCH FRUSTRATION. So it's not that the funds aren't there, it's that the supply list is being ignored. I want to give some sort of reward to students who have all of their supplies, but I don't know if that would be ethical considering that I work in a low-income area, and I don't want to seem as if I'm rewarding a few students for being "well off". But, I do want to light a fire under them to look at the supply list and actually purchase what's on it, because it's so infuriating to plan a lesson using highlighters and no one has them. We all tried ordering class sets of things to make up for the fact that no one buys the supply list, but my principal shot that down, saying that we didn't have the money to support class sets and "that's what supply lists are for". Sooooo that's a really long way of asking....would you reward students for bringing supplies? If so, how? I teach 8th grade, btw. Thanks!