At the end of every school year, a somber ritual begins. In the halls of our great institution there lies a massive pile of abandoned, oft-neglected, assortment of jackets, jeans, sneakers, bags, water bottles and winter gloves. (WARNING: This next line may be too difficult for some readers.) Certain items that once enjoyed a euphoric partnership in tandem, exist here alone unable to distinguish their right from their left! (End of WARNING.) All of these items, once held in high regard, now linger in obscurity with no student name or identifying mark upon them. We, the teachers, search our foggy minds for a shred of evidence that might indicate to whom these forlorn items once belonged. Unfortunately, trying to remember who wore the midsized turquoise Under Armour sneaker(s) at this point in the game is an exercise in futility. We can only assume the owners of these items have outgrown them by now. As we travel to the dumpster, it is the only solace we get from this grim ceremony.
In our current state of affairs, we implore you, the parents, to spare us the agony of yet another mountain of defeat. Help us rise to the glorious challenge of keeping students with their items and items with their students. Grab a sharpie, grab some iron-on printables, or walk the nostalgic summer camp path and sew a label on those precious items. We are here cheering you on to valuable-item-retention glory. We will gather the abandoned items from the four corners of the commonwealth. We will read the labels. We will run after the children. We will shout their names above the neighing masses. We will even make the phone call. We will do whatever it takes to ensure every precious article of flotsam finds its rightful home. Dream with us of the era when the last day of school arrives and there is not a single stranded item to be found. We believe this dream can be a reality, but we can't do it without you.
If you liked that, try these 3 great ideas for keeping your child's facemask with them for eternity!
2. Crocheted Neck strap
We've seen these items on students from Kindergarten to Middle School and this adage rings true, "Necessity is the mother of invention." We hope this satirical look at keeping kids and items together gives you a little comic relief and maybe a useful idea or two that you can use.