Thank you all so very much for all your helpful & creative comments &
solutions. I do want ot clarify the reason pencils are such a big
germ issue, is b/c the creative natural tendency is to put it near or
in your mouth when creating.(a lot of us even do that) It's a
creative "habit" if you will. I have tried to "break" the students of
this habit for years, but to no avail. The crayons & other supplies
don't concern us as much b/c children don't naturally (or usually---
although there are exceptions) put those types of things IN their
mouth. This is why we want students ot have their own pencils. Just
wanted to clarify that.
I look forward to hearing more of your solutions:-)!
J. H. House Elementary School
2930 Hwy. 20 North
Conyers, GA 30012