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    I'm lucky enough to have a high school intern that comes as well as parent volunteers. I put them to work sharpening. :) I also happen to have a very good electric pencil sharpener. It barely takes any time to get our pencils sharp for the rest of the week. I take about 15 minutes once a week during the early morning to sharpen enough pencils to last us the rest of the week (if I don't have help that week). I don't trust my kids to sharpen because they don't know when to stop, how hard to push etc. and my sharpener ends up either getting overheated or "blowing up" and not working anymore. My friends all have the same policy about not sharpening. We all have the same panasonic sharpeners and love them which is why the children aren't allowed anywhere near them. Anyhow that's how it's done at my school.

    Another friend of mine teaches second grade and hates sharpening pencils. Since we're encouraged at our school to discourage our students from erasing, she has switched over to having them write in pen and voila... no more sharpening. Anyhow I don't know whether you'd be allowed to do this at your school or not but that's another solution I suppose.

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