As the school year comes to an end, administrators everywhere are trying to clear out their stack of “treasures,” those seemingly random items left behind on playgrounds, hallways, or lunchrooms.
Nearly a dozen National Heritage Academies school administrators opened up about the most common items that end up in their school’s lost and found. Topping the list: coats and sweatshirts, followed by water bottles, lunch boxes, and glasses.
Canton Preparatory High School, which outperforms the surrounding schools in every subject, has quite a collection of forgotten items, everything from purses and shoes to jewelry. Some of the more unique items include a men’s shaving kit, a well-loved blanket, and a cuddly teddy bear.
Many schools report technology is high on the list. There are lost cell phones, AirPods, Chromebooks, and chargers all waiting to be claimed before summer break.
At North Saginaw Charter Academy a mystery, or at least someone’s door, will hopefully soon be unlocked. Administrators said at least one house key is among the many abandoned items at the school, which has outperformed the local district.
Some schools have boxes of wayward belongings to dig through, while others display their finds on tables or rolling carts. Administrators say smaller or more valuable items are often kept in the office.
“We get a lot of the usual stuff like hats, gloves, and lunch boxes,” said Tracey Duhaime, principal at Greensboro Academy, which has outperformed the local district for 15 years. “If items go unclaimed, we do Goodwill donations quarterly, but keep anything that says ‘Greensboro Academy’ for students who might need a change of clothes while they’re at school.”
Many of the schools reported similar strategies when it comes to unclaimed belongings. Some have already made their end-of-the-year donations, while others say they will have a “claim day” coming up.
So, before you give up on your favorite sweatshirt or that missing AirPod, you may want to take one last journey to your school’s lost and found.
And remember next year, don’t forget to label, label, label. Writing your child’s name inside that coat or lunchbox could be the key to quickly getting it back where it belongs.
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National Heritage Academies (NHA) is a network of 100 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.
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