I *heart* school supplies! Have you ever used "Tap and Glue caps?" I have a class set of these and they are about 15 years old. You replace the original glue cap with them and the students just press down (lightly) to get an appropriate amount of glue. This year we are going to add some food coloring or a little paint so they can see the glue on white paper. I had to order these and I found them again here.
Mom found these great school boxes for 50 cents. They are perfect size!