• I discovered this on Ms. Linnea Patrick"s webpage - Brunson Elementary.  I LOVE IT!!!!
    It really gives the "Supply List for Life"!
    Twenty Things Children Truly Need for School

    by Sharon Randall, Scripps Howard News Service

    1. A No. 2 pencil and a willingness to erase.

    2. A respect for themselves and others, especially their teachers.

    3. An awareness that the world does not revolve around them and that they alone are responsible for their actions.

    4. Parents who teach by example a love for reading, learning and life.

    5. An assurance that school is a good, safe place, their teachers will like them and their parents won"t leave town without them.

    6. An understanding that school is their "job" and no one else can or will do it for them.

    7. A system for exchanging communication between school and home, a backpack for notes, an emergency phone number that always answers, a quiet place and time to do homework and a daily chance to read aloud and to be read to.

    8. A plan for getting to and from school on time.

    9. A pet to care for.

    10. A public library card.

    11. Someone to welcome them home, laugh at their jokes, answer their questions and listen to what they say and don"t say.

    12. The power of knowing how it feels to give anonymously and sacrificially to help someone less fortunate.

    13. The encouragement to try new things, the freedom to fail and the chance to try again.

    14. The gifts of being well-fed, well-rested, well-mannered and well-covered for medical, dental and after-school care.

    15. The confidence to deal with bullies (stand up straight, look them in the eye, don"t start a fight, but don"t back down); how to ask questions (raise your hand and wait to be called on); and to never stop asking questions, especially "why?"

    16. To be the best or at least pretty good at something and to know that it"s OK not to be good at everything.

    17. To spend more time with humans and less with machines.

    18. To have nothing to do once in a while but daydream.

    19. To have someone love them unconditionally, regardless of their grades and someone to "beam" at them, to light up when they walk into the room.

    20. Finally, they need to know that school won"t last forever, but learning is a lifelong process.

    Contact Sharon Randall at P.O. Box 777394, Henderson, NV 89052, or at randallbay@earthlink.net.