Why is this even an item on a school supply list??? UPDATE 8/7/13
WHY?!?! Please explain to me WHY individually wrapped candy is on a school supply list?! I know... counting & sorting! But seriously? 4th graders "need" candy to help them sort & count??? NO! And I'm sure it's used as a reward too! I refuse to provide candy for my son's supply list. His teacher can reward him some other way! And he has foam shapes from a previous school that he used for counting & sorting that he can use again.UPDATE: So I failed to remember the fact that my own father just retired from teaching... 4th grade! LOL I asked him why a teacher would ask for candy. He said some times teachers do use them as rewards. But often times they are given out as cough drops since students aren't allowed to have them in some schools. Also, they give them out for testing, preferably mints because it helps students concentrate.