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Re: Theft of Art Supplies

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.edu)
Fri, 17 Jan 1997 21:14:06 -0800 (PST)


Dear Steve, I teach 8th grade and stealing of supplies has always been a
problem for me. I no longer supply pencils--I tell students that they
must bring a #2 pencil every day in case they need it. I put out a box of
about 12 erasers when we begin a big drawing project and when they are all
stolen or torn up and thrown that's it--there are no more. I've never had
then steal paper, but I have lots of paper and I would let them take some
home it they wanted to draw(I try to discourage drawing on blue-lined
notepages). For items that are valuable or dangerous--ie X-acto knives,
calligraphy pens etc. I made a little box out of plywood and drilled 33
holes in in(about 1/2"). They are all filled when the kids come in and
they can't leave until they are all filled. I tell them in advance so
that they won't be surprised. It works really well. I did have a problem
that I didn't expect and that was they they stole the bottles of India
ink--probably to make homemade tattoos. I tried to tell that that it
wasn't the same kind of India ink and that they would get blood poisoning
but that didn't deter them so I put away all the cute little ink bottles
with eyedropper tops and poured the ink into baby food jars and I poked a
hole in the lids. It works rather well, they can't carry them out and if
they tip over they don't spill as much. It took me years to get over
having my feeling hurt if they stole or destroyed materials, but talk to
them about wasting things, I guard precious things like an eagle and I try
to not sweat the small things. Sid. (oh, and by the way--if it's too
precious to every risk losing--don't take it to school)

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