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Date: Fri Mar 28 2003 - 16:56:46 PST

I assign brushes with numbers on the handles (1 through 20) to each kid
in my smaller middle school classes. THey sign a contract stating that
they understand how to care for the brushes and that they are
responsible for ensuring that their brushes are returned in good
condition. Acrylic paint stuck in the ferrule, broken bristles (beyond
normal wear and tear) will indicate that the child actually has to buy
me a new brush. I tell them how much they cost. THIS WORKS!!! They
are also assigned a covered pallette and told that it must be cleaned
out before it is returned. These are also numbered. As to the paint
issue...I'm all ears.