weekly wrap up + the tent + party giveaway!



Interactive art projects that bring communities together make me happier than any other type of art. So often people are taught that if you aren’t an artist, you can’t really participate in or be a member of the creative community. But projects like this amazing installation from Tali Buchler are great reminders that everyone can build something special with their own two hands. Inspired by traditional crafts, Tali and her friend, artist Noa Meir, decided to create an installation in Zichron Yaakov, Israel that would invite local children and adults to finger knit suspended tents. Every Wednesday for three months, children and their parents and grandparents gathered at a local community center to knit ropes made of left over lycra scraps from a local factory. The ropes were attached to rings made of watering pipes and then hung from trees in a public garden. The tents were hung close enough together that moving one would cause the others to move as well. This sort of movement encouraged children and adults alike passing by to stop, engage with the artwork and admire the knitting that went into it. Thanks to the installation, this public garden went from an underused space to a popular community spot where locals visit to admire their hard work and enjoy the results of an artistic group effort. I love this project (and the swirling results) so much I thought it would be a great way to end the week. You can read more about the story behind the project here and see additional images here. Thanks so much to Tali for sharing this.


Before we leave, I wanted to share a fun giveaway! Rather than waste or throw away the supplies we used for this week’s Back to School Party post, Max created an adorable party supply kit we decided to give to one lucky reader. Each kit contains: flash cards, star stickers, pencils, clips, a ruler, alphabet cards, our letter garland, confetti, stickers, a copy of the D*S newspaper and much more. It’s everything you need to throw your own mini back to school party at home. If you’re interested in winning please leave a comment below with either: a link to a photograph from your first day of school at any age OR a story about your favorite back to school memory. We’ll pick a winner on Sunday night (please leave your comments by 9pm EST on Sunday) and announce the winner on Monday! (Congrats to Lauren and her “turtle twins” comment for winning!) Thanks and have a wonderful weekend! xo, grace

Photograph above by Maxwell Tielman

More images of the Tent installation continue after the jump!


Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

 

tatjana

That tent installation is awesome, I think I’ll borrow the idea to decorate for our spring art festival!
I like Max’s party theme kit, my July birthday girl would love to have a back to school party.
have a nice weekend!

Danielle T.

Love this kit!!
My most memorable back-to-school memory was first grade. Two days prior, I begged my mom to let me cut off my long, curly brown hair into a short curly bob. She was so upset, but let me go through with it under the condition that I kept the longest part as a rat-tail! I was so embarrassed. That very first day of first grade, my new best friend cut off my rat-tail to save me from further embarrassment :) My mom wasn’t too happy…

Meredith

Favorite memory: new metal lunch box with the plastic thermos. Miss Piggy riding a motorcycle on the lid.

Nicole

I don’t have a copy of the photograph, but I distinctly remember my first day of grade 6 outfit: patent shoes, beige knee high socks, denim mini-skirt, a T-shirt and a goofy corduroy newsboy cap to go with my freshly cut hair. My pose in the photo is absolutely nerdy, but I loved that outfit!

latenac

What a great kit and installation. My favorite back to school memory is I have a summer birthday so I usually would bring a birthday treat to class early in the school year. In 2nd grade my grandfather who was a baker and notorious for not giving baked goods to family brought smiley faced sugar cookies to school for me for my birthday treat.

csch

My back to school memory is very strong — being in third grade and sitting on the bus with a then-best friend headed to the first day of school. A big-bad-fourth grader asked the whole bus, loudly, who had Ms. S. for third grade. We did, but my friend whispered quietly to me to not say that we did, as they were talking about how mean she was, and how we should be so scared. We sat quietly and ended up loving our teacher.

Jessica Thiessen

My favourite back to school memory was my very first back to school memory – kindergarden! I remember it clear as day. I was in line to get into my classroom, holding hands with my mom. Right behind me was a girl holding at least five huge teddy bears. I remember thinking that school would be fun if we get to play with teddy bears :) And I’ve loved school ever since!

Kristy Kelley

What a great way to bring people together and help kids feel apart of the community. I might try a spin-off for my son’s first birthday in Oct. Maybe with a fall feel…

Enjoying your blog, by the way!

— Kristy @ Wine Logic

Navleen Kohli

What a wonderful way to share and learn together, with the tents! Inspiring indeed.
One of my favourite school memories is of sharing food from lunchboxes! We’d sit around and give out a bite/spoonful to everyone in the circle. I got to taste some of the most delicious and eclectic food during school days. And since I was an army kid in India, you can trust the ‘eclectic’ bit!

Bethany Wilk

My favorite back to school memories all include shopping! From Trapper Keepers to Lisa Frank to Converse All Stars, it was always about the school supply list and fresh duds. :)

Christina

On my very first day of preschool, I rocked a red jumper, mary janes, and white socks with lace…preschool staples. To my surprise, I was picked up by my grandparents because my mom went into labor with my little sister. This started a series of night before first day of school worries that I would end up with new siblings each year. Fortunately, it wasn’t a recurring event.

Lindsay - Shop Ella Lou

Fabulous way to end the week -that art installation made me smile! I have lived in San Francisco for years and have just recently started venturing out to enjoy the local street art. It is totally awe-inspiring and makes me fall in love with this city all over again (I actually used some of the murals as a backdrop for one of my product shoots recently).

Sally Barker

I’m a retired elementary teacher and every September (like it or not), I get a stationary /craft rush that sends me scurrying off to local stationary stores and my craft room to create new projects for my self or for Lynda, a teacher friend whose still in the classroom. Max’s party theme kit would be the perfect beginning for Lynda’s grade two class.

Rose Duggan

Here’s my entry, Happy Friday!

I always liked school and in fifth grade, I was so excited to start my first day at the middle school I picked a special outfit. Advertisers had me believing that back-to-school clothing means heavy, cable knit tights and lots of wool. So I boarded the bus on August 30th in the Midwest wearing said cable-knit tights, a wool plaid skirt and a button-up shirt. I thought I looked SO appropriate until I was sweating horribly all day long in the August heat.

I always remember that day when I see the Fall Fashion looks come out in August.

Laura

I wish I lived closer to my mom so I could get a picture! In the first-day-of-school pictures I remember, I’m standing, crying, between my two brothers, who are picking on me and laughing. I’m so glad they grew out of that!

Lucía

I’m sort of an office supply freak so I love this giveaway! Here’s a photo of my first day of school:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8034/8009950825_2c2a1ca9b8_b.jpg
The woman standing next to me is my grandma who travelled a long way to be with me on that important day! It’s funny to look back on this memories, I’m now much taller than she is :) The house behind us is where my parents still live, but it has changed a lot over the years…

Sarah

I remember the 1st day of 6th grade clearly because we had just moved to Texas and I didn’t know anyone yet. I came from casual, laid back Santa Monica and wore shorts the 1st day (it was Aug. in TX). Imagine my surprise when the teacher took me aside & told me shorts were not allowed! I thought everyone was overly dressed up being that it was still sweltering outside.

Anna V.

One year I went back to school days after we got a new golden retriever puppy. As my dad video taped me in my new dress and backpack, our puppy chased me all over the yard! I was afraid she would get my new dress dirty so I just kept running! I was 6 years old, and that is one of my favorite home videos to watch, as my dad is laughing hysterically in the background!

Katie King

My favorite back to school memory happened every year: My mom would take my brother and I on the annual pre-first-day trip to Payless Shoes (not a lot of money in those days) to pick out our school shoes. It was like deciding who I was going to be that year, and almost always took me forever to decide. I still love shoes, in fact, and have been buying myself a new pair before grad-school…not at Payless anymore, though. :)

Sarah

My favorite back to school memory is from my first day of 2nd grade. We had just moved to a house that was just a few blocks down the street from my new school – close enough to walk by myself. I was absolutely thrilled, and felt so grown up. What I didn’t find out until many years later was that my mom was so nervous about my new-found independence that she followed me both to from school every day for that first week!

Sarah O

I was homeschooled so I didn’t really go “back to school” per say, but it was a big treat whenever my mom let us pick out our favorite characters on notebooks and such.

J. Houti

I remember my first day of fifth grade, when my parents finally deemed me old enough to not only walk by myself along the two blocks to school, but to accompany my little brother, then in second grade. It was one of the first times I felt “grown up,” and also one of the last times I remember my little brother being terrified to do something with out me!

Nicole

I’m a student teacher this semester, so my favorite back to school memory happened just a few weeks ago! I was incredibly anxious and excited to get in the classroom. My first day of school was a blast and I’m thrilled to have such great children in my class. I know I’ll always remember this “first day of school” because of the enthusiasm I held.

margaret a

My favorite school memory was doing a “science walk” in elementary school. It’s what shaped my love for the natural world and science. I was in charge of walking the kindergarteners through the “bug” area and telling them about what bugs we had on our school campus. I was in the sixth grade. (My other favorite memory (it’s tied for first) was helping to dedicate a park, with my elementary school science group, in honor of Francis “Dick” Scobee, one of the astronauts who died in the Challenger disaster. We got to meet and thank his widow. It was such a great honor at such a young age.)

Michele Timms

I can clearly remember when I returned to school after summer vacation and brought my new sunglasses to wear outside at recess… my eldest sister wore sunglasses and I simply had to copy her! Well, it only took a few seconds for me to quickly decide that I did not want to stand out in the playground being the only one wearing sunglasses!! hehehehe

Sara Anne

I don’t have the picture anymore but on my first day of kindergarten I wore the cutest purple corduroy overall dress with embroidered flowers and a white peter pan collar button up underneath. With it, I wore these hilarious purple knee high socks and mary janes. To top it off, my dad had a matching tie made to coordinate with my socks for the first day of school brunch for all the new students and their parent. It was the cutest thing ever.

Chelsea Ward

Such fun! I taught a weaving workshop this summer and we finger knitted for days to make hula hoop rugs.

Favorite back to school moment: My family and I relocated to Los Olivos, Ca, the day before I started 7th grade. We were in the process of building our house and it wasn’t habitable yet so we were living in a hotel, with my 1 month old sister! We went to find out my homeroom the night before and I met a girl there and we ended up becoming friends. Well it turned out our Dad’s had known each other for years but it took this random chance meeting to become friends.

Mar

My First Day at Kindergarten:

Other than being nervous, the thing I remember most was Lunchtime. It was a busy time. All the kindergarteners sat together on a hill looking out on the San Francisco bay. So picturesque and calming, alas it was the backdrop for some INTENSE Lunchtime trading. I mean, looking back we were like mini traders on Wall St, but more generous. A few gushers for an Oreo. Half PB&J for Half a Grilled Cheese. A dessert-less kiddo might get some sympathy cookie donations. Potato chips for some Dunkeroos. Lunchables were the hottest commodity! It was a friendly sort of weird ice breaker thing, sharing, trading food and making friends. Probably wouldn’t fly in schools today. But it was fun.

Sidenote: My uniform made me look like Alice in Wonderland. If I can find a picture I’ll post it.

Cheryl

My favorite back-to-school memory is when I started kindergarten at age 4. I wasn’t big enough to open the door and my mom rode me to school on the back of her bicycle.

Angela

My favorite back to school memory was… every year, because that meant getting new school supplies! I always loved that part the best, and still love that stuff as an adult. :)

randi

I am a teacher and I had my students write about any of their first days of school this year. I shared with them a story about my first day of kindergarden. I was terrified. I held onto my moms leg and really thought that if I held on tight enough, she would never leave. As tears streamed down my face, my principal, Dr. Delvecchio, took my hand and led me to Mrs. Bergmans’ class. He had to do that for several days before I was brave enough to head there alone.

Michelle Perez

My first day of kindergarten was video taped. From the moment I woke up with curlers in my hair to getting amped up for the day by singing “Achey Breaky Heart” on my fireplace. It was ridiculous! My mom even interviewed our neighbors and followed me inside school. In that video you can also see the moment my first “boyfriend” and I met. Love it!

Sarah

I only knew one girl (Mary from my neighborhood) on the first day of kindergarten. I was sooooo shy and afraid of doing something wrong but Mary was so gregarious and bold. It was shocking when she raised her hand in the sitting-on-the-floor circle and asked to go to the bathroom…..then the teacher said yes but Mary just sat there, frozen. Finally she said “I just did”…. And was eventually carried out sobbing. From then I knew cool, brave people were fallible. Mary and I are still friends. She’s still fabulous.

Nicole

Love those tents!

Not sure if you could call this a favourite memory, but on the first day of first grade, I was eating my breakfast when the excitement overcame me…and I threw up violently. No school for me!

Laura

I don’t have a photo, but my grandmother game me a bright red leather school satchel with a blue handle for my first day of school. I loved it. It is the only thing I remember about my first day. :)

Mary

My favorite memory of the first day of school was just a month ago. I started student teaching in a 5th grade classroom. There was nothing like the feeling of standing up in front of a group of kids who were just as nervous as I was and to spend that day learning, growing, and thriving with them. The smell of those pencils sharpening, our knees shaking, and voices carrying out through the room and out the open windows into the patio. I’ve wanted to throw a simple party for my friends with a classroom/teacher theme after all of this is over in December to show them my thanks for all of the support and grace they give me through this. When I saw the kit posted, my heart melted for these things were just what I had envisioned for that day!

christina

I loved going back to school! My least favorite memory that I giggle at now was my second grade teacher called me out and said” we will start class as soon as Christina closes her mouth”. Little did she know I have horrible allergies and mouth breathing is the best I could do:-(
ANYWAY..this give always would be split between me and my nephew who is learning as much as possible as fast as possible..

hope this link works:-) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3534799819683&set=t.788789443&type=3&theater

Patricia

My favorite back to school memory- 1st grade, Mrs. Sanders. Her husband smoked cigars. She made him save all the boxes and on the first day of school gave each of us a cigar box to use as a pencil case. Best smelling pencil box ever!

lauren

Here I am on a first day of school when I was 6 or 7:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhythmzslave/8010801159/in/photostream

On my very first day of kindergarten, I told my mom very excitedly that we had turtle twins in our class.
“Oh, so do they live in a tank and will you feed them every day?”
“What? Their names are Brooke and Chad, and they have a real home, like we do.”
“Oh, I think you mean to say ‘fraternal’ twins my dear.”
“Nope, they’re definitely turtle twins. I asked lots of times.”

I also bragged about learning a new prayer (being a Catholic schoolkid) and recited it:

“..Give us this day our daily breath…”

Somehow I always passed the headphone-head-nod-finger-raising-ear tests at school, though I’m not sure how.

Kate

My favorite memory = the way things smelled on the first day. It was the smell of freshly buffed floors + new books/paper + fryer oil + Windex + autumn. Mmmmm.

Jenni

How sad! My mom never took a picture of me on the first day of school. Boo. But I remember that the summer before 4th grade (I think that would have been 1987), I had visited a Southern California cousin who not only gave me a bag of hand-me-downs (including a short-sleeved red velvet shirt), but took me to Disneyland, where my dad bought me a Minnie Mouse sweatshirt. That year, I alternated between wearing those two shirts almost every single day, with black stirrup pants and black hi-top LA Gears. I thought I was the shiz, ha ha.

Bailey S.

I remember wearing a poodle skirt and saddle shoes for my first day of school of kindergarten… in 1993. I was retro from the beginning!

My little sister just did her first day of school a few weeks ago. Our mom asked if she was nervous to go to school and she replied “No, Mommy, it’s just daycare for big kids!” What a trooper!

gina

Is there anything better than that back to school smell in the air….crisp, clean (I live in New England, of course!) With your new shoes, bag filled with new pencils and notebooks…..anything was possible. As I watched my daughter board the bus for third grade this year….that crispness in the air…..I was so excited for her because….anything was possible….

Lindsey

During high school I was the goalie for my school’s field hockey team. During one of our preseason practices about a week before the first day of my junior year, someone took a swing at the ball and missed and hit my arm instead. My wrist was broken and I had a bright pink cast on just in time for the first day of school and the next few weeks after. The next year, the night before school started, my team had a scrimmage. While we were warming up I got hit in the wrist again, this time with a ball instead. I spent the night before my senior year in the emergency room and showed up the next day, once again, with a cast on my arm. I was much more concerned about how I would finish my portfolio than my inability to play hockey, since I had a list of art and design programs that I was planning on applying to. I spent the next month or so painting without moving my right wrist.

Angela

My favorite back-to-school memory would be from a couple of weeks ago, when I gave my first lesson as a junior intern to my fifth-grade class! We played multiplication bingo, and the students had a fantastic time! I had been nervous in the days before (“What if they don’t like bingo?”), but when I stepped up to lead the lesson, everything felt exactly perfect. I’ll switch to a second-grade class in a few weeks, and my senior internship is in the spring (I graduate in May, woo-hoo!), but I’ll always remember the enthusiastic awesomeness of that bingo game :)
And, I have to say, I do have a tie for my favorite back-to-school memory. A few years ago, I had been dating my boyfriend for a few months, and I had been considering going back to school to finish my degree. The first time around, I had decided that I would major in beer pong, so I dropped out after a couple of years. I didn’t want to go back without a degree program in mind, and I kept coming back to teaching. One night when we were taking a walk around the neighborhood, I told him that I had decided to go back to school, and that I wanted to get my Elementary Education degree. He caught me up in a giant hug and said “I’m so proud of you.” We got married last May, and he’s been that sweet and supportive the whole time I’ve been in school, even when my work/school/internship schedule takes away from our time together. I will always remember that hug :)

Ariana {And Here We Are...}

My most significant back-to-school moment was the day I made the transition form a life of home-schooling to beginning boarding school in 8th grade on another island (we were living in the Philippines at the time.) I was extremely excited, thrilled to be with masses of kids my own age. I was sharing a room with three other 8th graders who were also new to boarding, in a dorm of 25 girls. Incredibly thrilling!

Patty

My favorite memory of the first day of school was in the first grade. My great grandfather walked me to the bus stop and gave me a quarter to buy a treat at the school store. All that year he accompanied me to the stop and was there when I returned. Sadly he passed away before I started the 2nd grade but every first day of school my kids get a quarter to put in their piggy banks in memory of my Abuelito.

Conor

My favourite thing about all the first days of school I had from grade 1 to grade 6 was the matching outfits my folks used to put me and my younger brother in. Every year without fail mom and sad would come home, usually a week before school with our ‘adorable’ matching outfits. I dont have any picture of these but I really remember one outfit in particular, it was a blue oxford shirt and khakis, a style i have loved my whole life!

Jess

My favorite memory is from first day of fifth grade. I kept trying to lose my little red schoolhouse lunchbox so I could get a cool new one. Sadly, I was the only one with THAT lunchbox, and it kept finding its way back to me.

I know a wonderful family who would be so grateful for those amazing supplies.
:) xo

celeste

each year before school started I was allowed to order 2 new outfits from L.L.Bean (thank you, sensible parents). this was a BIG deal since I had school uniforms and these were my ‘cool’ clothes for after-school and the like. i’ll never forget my fourth grade selection – a plum turtleneck with plum/forest green printed corduroys!

Gina

My first school memory was of having new rain boots with pink poodles on them! My feet were always larger than my sisters, so I never had hand me down shoes and it was fantastic! I wish I had a photo of them! :)

Jane

My favorite back to school memory is finally getting to use looseleaf paper instead of a composition book. Oh and upgrading from the childish jumper to the 6th grade skirt and vest combo.

jackie

My favorite part about back to school was getting to go pick out some new clothes and then carefully planning my outfit. And now it’s funny to look at pictures from the first day of school and see what I was wearing!

Stella Tekla

Back to school…oh the joys. I was a teacher for six wonderful years, every year on the first day I would still pick out the shoes and dress that would make me feel like I was magic. Now I homeschool my four children(mainly because we are traveling with there father and his job). The first night before “school started” I picked out my dress and set up the table as if it were my first day teaching new students. I just loved the theme parties,my oldest Jonas(13) is trying now to create a scholl party for his friends he does not see often. Great Job Design Sponge!

Jen H

Those tents are amazing! That gives me an idea for a fort for our new backyard.

Jessica

My favorite back to school memories always had to deal with Back-to-School Shopping. My older sister and I were always so thrilled when my mom and dad took us to Sanrio. I would always go crazy picking everything Pochacco, while my sister was a bigger Keroppi fan. I remember the night before our first day at school, my sister and I would lay out are supplies and then start packing up our backpack in anticipation of the next day.

That supply kit reminded me of how excited I was to have things that made me want to learn.

Heather Curiel

My favorite back to school memory is probably my first day of school ever. At the time, I didn’t realize what I had coming to me and all I could think about was the awesome Minnie Mouse boot backpack my parents had just bought me. Always in style.

Teresa

My favorite back-to-school memory is third grade…I was the only new kid in the class that year and on the first day was very apprehensive; Mrs. Widener confided in me that it was her first day teaching school and we could be buddies… I like to think I was her favorite that year and we remained buddies all through grade school.

Laura

What a wonderful way to get the kids and the adults together in something joyful that goes beyond the moment and teaches them a usable skill. I applaud the efforts and hope it will spread.

Bonita Robinson

I remember first grade. I met my first boyfriend who was more shy than I was! That helped us both become close friends for the next 40+ years.

Jane T

I remember 2nd grade clearly. I was assigned to an ancient teacher’s room and next door was a young teacher. I went into the young teacher’s room and took a seat and refused to move. For some odd reason they allowed me to say there the entire year. She was a fantastic teacher!

mandy

hmmn, favorite back to school memory…
i had an awesome kindergarten teacher. i remember such wonderfully random things from that year; a kid filling the pencil holder with glue, the ‘new shoe’ song, saving pennies to restore the statue of liberty.

Heather

My favorite back to school memory is finding out my third grade teacher got married over the summer and her name changed from Miss Smart to Mrs. Wiseman. This cracked us all up to no end! She was a great teacher too.

Gina H.

What a super cool project! My favorite back to school memory is in grade school when we got to wear our regular clothes for a whole month before we had to start wearing uniforms! :-)

lisa

Favorite memory? Using found soda can tops as rings for short-lived schoolyard romances in elementary school.

Amy D.

My favorite memory (but probably a traumatic one for my sister) was my first day of 2nd grade, which was my my sister’s first day of kindergarten. We were being dropped off at school and Carrie cried and cried and refused to go to into the building. “I’ll stay home and you teach me, Mommy!” I saw my mom take a deep breath and say, “Honey, if you don’t go to school Mommy and Daddy will have to go to jail.” Carrie stopped crying, took a deep breath of her own and grabbed my hand. I walked her into school. It is still a vivid memory – 38 years later!

susan b.

my mom putting my hair in braided pigtails that were so tight i had a headache!

Natasha Berta

i remember my first day of school so clearly because that was the day i met my best friend
i was doing colouring in at the same table as her and i dropped a pencil and when i reached under the table i noticed she had the same colour underpants on as me so of course, from then, we must be best friends! kids :)

isabel

Thanks for featuring this fantastic community exhibit. The colors, movement, and passion are all reflected in the tents and the people who created them.

p.s. hated kindergarten; cried the entire year.

blima

I remember going with my mom to buy school supplies and the smell
of fresh beginnings.

Miss Pete

Before the start of 4th grade, all my friends and I decided we would color our hair blue for the first day of school. So I had my mom put my hair in a high bun a spray away with color in a can. Off I went to school with a neon blue top knot. When I got to school, my friends greeted me, sans color, informing me that they had changed their minds. Grrrrr.

Natalie J

My first day of school was amazing. My mother surprised me with a purple Punky Brewster lunch pail with a matching thermos. I can remember sitting in a desk for the very first time, jittery and ecstatic at the same time. My teacher spent most of the day trying to teach all of us how to say her name, “Now kids, repeat after me, Mrs. Can-Clean-Nee.” Suffice to say, I called her “Mrs. Cant-Clean” for the rest of the year.

Tina Martinez

I LOVE school! If I were to pick a favorite memory it would have to be EVERY first day of school. The excitement of wearing those new school shoes, the apprehension of meeting a new teacher, the urge to learn something new, something great! Every year I would get this incredible buzz of energy for learning that would only increase as the school year went by. Even as a college student, I was excited to meet my professors and anxious to cultivate new relationships as I voraciously gobbled up knowledge. I can only hope to pass this love of learning on to my twin girls!

Leigh-Ann

All my back to school photos are back at my mom’s house, so I’ll leave you with a story. After kindergarten my mom moved herself and me from north Jersey to south Jersey. The beginning of first grade meant a whole new school for me — new environment, new schoolmates, new friends. My new elementary school held outdoor recess for about a half hour until the school day started, so after arriving on the bus I shyly started playing on the jungle gym — the monkey bars to be exact. I was so nervous and excited that I didn’t notice a giant bee hovering near me. I don’t know what I did, but I must have done something to provoke it — because it stung me! I had a big stinger sticking out of my left arm and I ran to the nurse’s office to have it mended. Out of all my first days of school, that is the one I will never forget!

Josephine Chinn

Wow! Those tents are amazing! My favorite back to school memory happened in 4th grade when playing on the playground during lunch. I was doing hurricanes and swinging and hanging off the monkey bars when all of a sudden I fell and hit my head. I was still conscious but was in such a daze and had to get picked up by my grandma. Although it wasn’t so pleasant in that very moment, its always a memory that sticks out to me and I’ll never forget it! especially since it happened on the very first day of school and all the kids were so considerate and nice to me :)

Fiorini

My favorite back to school memory is a recent one: I had just purchased myself a backpack at the start of this semester–my first new backpack since middle school–and was feeling pretty guilty about how much (student loan) money I had spent. But when I checked the mail, I found a package full of biscotti that my nonna had made me, with a note that said I deserved a little treat for all my studying. The cookies (and the backpack) are definitely helping fuel my productivity.

Brooklyn Stewart

On my first day of school I wore the most extravagantly floral pullover – and during recess playtime outside a bee found its way inside of the sweater and after only a few minutes of playing I had to be sent back inside the classroom for the teacher to ice my be stung nipple! HA!

angie hodel

one year i was late for the bus, which wasn’t uncommon. what was uncommon, however, was my vomiting orange juice all over my best friend’s big sister’s backpack as soon as i took my seat.

Elizabeth Ann

It’s strange to think that on the very first day of kindergarten I arrived home upset because we hadn’t spent any time in class doing math! Sadly this childhood love of math did not survive through my teenage years.

Sarah

I have had 27 “first day” of school days. From three year old kindergarten to my career as a seventh and eighth grade school counselor and there is only one thing in common about every “first day”. I cry. Every year. Usually because I was nervous about a new school or I didn’t want my wonderful summer to end (which is still a valid reason, I think) or from stress overload trying to make sure there are no girls in the boys PE classes, but I cry EVERY “first day”. My mom still gets me an organizational “back to school” happy (this year it was a tape dispenser that looks like a high heel) to help ease the transition!

Susan

My favorite school memory was during a 4th grade field trip. We were learning about Missouri history that year and visited the Harry S Truman Library. As part of the experience, our bus driver took us past his home in Independence, Missouri. The bus slowed down and we all rushed to one side of the bus. Imagine our shock when former President Truman himself stepped out on the porch and waved to all of us!

Noel

Favorite back to school memory: Getting to school early so that my new “cool” friend could style my bangs in the bathroom (my mom wouldn’t let me use hairspray). This was in the fourth grade.

sangeetha

my favorite memory, taking those new smelling wrapped up neatly in brown paper to school

Rebecca

What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite memory is that my mom would always take me out to eat right after picking me up from my first day. I have been doing. The same with my daughter

Coleblk

I used to get a new pair of Mary Jane shoes for the year and snazzy Lisa Frank folders, she is probably the reason I became a graphic designer!

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