Teachers are constantly searching out ways to "hook" our students, to make learning fun, and to provide hands-on, real-life experiences that will motivate our students. This approach oftentimes takes extra materials that are not provided by the school district due to funding and spending restrictions. These materials might include supplies to make learning games, special art supplies, special items needed for science experiments, books, rewards for behavior and homework completion (class parties, individial "prizes", etc.), and items to help organize the learning in our classroom (containers, bins, folders, binders, etc.). I believe in the saying that education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire. Well, sometimes it takes a little "fuel" to get that fire going!