I was talking to a friend who is a reacher the other day about supplies and how much she spends on children who don't bring them in. She said that last year a student was bragging that his mom spent $200 on his shoes and how great they were. A week went by and no supplies. She sent a note home with the list attached only for the mom to call and say she couldn't afford the supplies. Why would you do that? Supplies are more important than a pair of shoes that will be outgrown in a year. Anyone else splurge on clothes and leave the supplies to the teacher?