I swear, our school's supply lists are just some random compilation of school supplies and have absolutely no bearing on what the kids will actually use throughout the school year. Last year, one of my kids "needed" 72 sharpened pencils. 72! That's a new pencil every two days of school - don't they realize that pencils can be sharpened? I was happy to see that the 3rd grade team requested "only" 48. Still a lot, but better than 72. Every May, the school sends home a note requesting parental permission to donate unused school supplies to needy kids. In addition, they send home supplies that are barely used. Spiral notebooks with 4 pages used - brand new folders that were never used. It makes me crazy! I'm happy to buy my kids whatever they need for school, but I just don't think the lists have anything to do with what they need! Just needed to rant somewhere where no one from school will see this!