The other thread made me curious. What do you request students to purchase? I require at least a 1" binder though I recommend a 2" binder. I also require them to have pens for quizzes and tests. They can do homework and class work in pencil or pen. They also need paper. Most students go through about a third-half pack of loose leaf paper. They are required to cover their books, but the school has free covers if they want. This will be my third year and I've never had trouble with kids not getting supplies. There are occasions where they leave them somewhere, of course! We have old binders that have been donated. The kids are free to take one if they need it.