Last year, the second-grade supply list specified Papermate Mirado pencils.
This year, the list said “24 HB pencils” but did not refer to any brand by name. (They usually tell us to get Staedtler erasers and pencil sharpeners.) So I went ahead and changed my son’s pencil case color scheme to blue.
On a different note, I was recently talking to a Canadian woman whose children were grown. She mentioned that when she was young, schoolchildren were given ONE pencil each, and that they were expected to take good care of it. Now, she said, it’s like asking them to lose pencils, the way they ask for dozens to be brought to school.