What do you ask your students to bring to school in the fall? I have a rather long list (school supplies). One of the reasons for this in ownership. When students take ownership in a project, a decision, and their school supplies, I think they treat and take care of them better. ALSO, I remember how much fun it was to shop for school supplies before school starts. I still get excited when when the supplies hit the shelves at the local stores.
A tradition in this family is for Grandma (me) to take the grandkids (grades k-6) school supply shopping and then out for lunch...LOTS OF FUN. (It's always a time for me to get what I need (oops-want).