Nettleton school has an 85% free/reduced lunch count. This qualifies us as a high poverty school. My beautiful first graders enter the room with enthusiasm, curiosity, and little else. Many do not have basic supplies like crayons, pencils, etc. I provide these for students who need them. As the year goes on, our basic classroom supplies run out. We particularly go through 12x18" sheets of construction paper in single color packages, glue sticks, tape, facial tissues and crayons. These simple supplies allow the children to engage in creative activities that enhance the learning in the room. And learn we do...my children just finished a unit on Mesopotamia and will move on to a study of Ancient Egypt! They are studying rocks, reading from our very large selection of classroom books, and learning about math concepts through practice and physical activity. We are a very busy room indeed!