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Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

August 1, 2015

Lap Desk Giveaway

Win a FREE Lap Desk by sharing your favorite childhood school memory. It will automatically enter you to the raffle drawing the end of the month.

A favorite teacher? Favorite sport? A memory from winning a state championship game, or getting into the school of your choice? In the month of August we’re still enjoying summer, but the school year is quickly upon us too. In the spirit of the season (along with our Back to School Sale) Manchester Wood is making this month’s giveaway a FREE Lap Desk with entry by commenting on this blog, emailing us, writing on our Facebook page, or mentioning us on Twitter (@manchesterwood) with answering the question,

What’s your favorite childhood school memory?

You’ll be automatically entered into the drawing for the Lap Desk, with the winner announced and contacted on September 1st.

The Lap Desk is ideal for working while sitting in a chair, on the couch, or upright in bed. It blends mobility, comfort, and style with productivity in one compact package. It is also part of our Gifts for U.S. Jobs Collection, which aims to stimulate the domestic economy and boost U.S. job creation.

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  • Reply David August 1, 2014 at 7:14 am

    My favorite back to school memory is…well, I really can’t think of one. I do remember always looking forward to the old rectangular pieces of pizza in the school lunchroom. Those were awesome to a 9 year old.

  • Reply Jennifer Barr August 1, 2014 at 7:23 am

    One of my favorite childhood school memories would be all the fun we had playing at recess.

  • Reply Gena August 1, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I guess the best thing about back to school was seeing friends you had not seen since school ended the year before and talking about what you did all summer.

  • Reply Carole S August 1, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I remember when my school uniforms for my new school arrived. It was August and I was so excited, not only to see and try on the uniforms, but knowing that I would be starting at a new school that September.

  • Reply Kirsten August 1, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Tetherball! And 4 square! I loved playing those games at recess.

  • Reply tracey byram August 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    My favorite memory was being teacher’s pet in 6th grade.

  • Reply Jeanne August 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Getting a special outfit to wear on the first day of school and taking pictures each year.

  • Reply clynsg August 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I lived in a very small town and walked to school along a sidewalk that had a large garden fence along it. I still remember the fresh taste of the peas that we picked (always from the sidewalk side of the fence!) and ate on the way!

  • Reply Jean F August 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    It was during the springtime, when the classroom windows were left open, and the scent of the lilac bushes outside, wafted in…

  • Reply Beverly Sherman August 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    My favorite memory comes from kindergarten! Our teacher, Miss Coyle, showed us how to make our own butter from heavy cream. Imagine a bunch of 5 year olds doing that? What a brave teacher! Next, the entire class set out to a nearby park and ate our homemade butter with crackers sitting on blankets under a huge maple tree. I still remember this fondly after so many years.

  • Reply Rhonda G August 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    My favorite memory is meeting my BFF to catch the school bus together…ahhh the good old days 🙂

  • Reply Ron Miller August 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I’d say the school lunch yard, 45 minutes every day just hanging…

  • Reply Sarah B. August 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    The parachute game in P.E. class!

  • Reply Stephen Saunders August 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    simple times with friends are my favorite memories from the early years. 🙂

  • Reply Peggy Saunders August 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

    My favorite back to school memory isn’t for myself but for my children. I got as excited as they did about going shopping for all the school supplys and backpacks. They were limited to a certain amount of jeans and shirts, always new underwear and socks and new shoes. It was fun.

  • Reply Kathleen Gereg August 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Working on my Science Fair projects every year-and winning 1st place several times!

  • Reply Gloria August 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    My favorite memory of my elementary school days is of my walk to school,in fall, wearing long stockings with garters, stopping to pick up a maple leaf for our study of trees; bundled up warm in winter, catching snowflakes on my mittens, marveling at their beautiful designs before they melted; and skipping along in spring, wearing just a sweater, watching birds fly across the old bridge as I ran to greet my friend, waiting on the school steps. Summer came, no school, but walks were to a favorite aunt, or to the candy store to buy bag of licorice. When each fall came again, I was a little older, now taking piano lessons. Walks took me to a schoolmates home, and then back to my home along those same streets. My favorite memory of my childhood elementary school days are the journeys, on the way to learning. Still learning.

  • Reply Claire Pelletier August 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

    My favorite childhood memory is going to the rural one room schoolhouse down the road and having my own desk. It was so special to me that I’ll always remember the Christmas gift from my three older brothers: a desk of my own right out of the Sears Roebuck catalog. I still love desks!

  • Reply Susan Hurst August 31, 2014 at 10:39 am

    My favorite memory was in 3rd grade,we had SRA reading tools and I couldn’t wait to see if I had progressed to the next color in reading difficulty. It was a real challenge and I still see the cards in my mind.

  • Reply Carie August 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Our house was always bustling with the noise of 4 young children. It was hard for me to focus on homework. So , my dad built a desk for me that was put in MY basement. I fondly recall the buzzing of the saw and smell of freshly sanded wood as dad built my special homework desk. Everyday, after school, I’d rush in, get a snack and head down to my “office”. Skates went on my feet and I’d pull out some of my parent’s old vinyl records and skate my heart out with a couple of songs. Around and around I skated. Chuck Berry’s Maybelline was a favorite because I could pick up some awesome speed with its beat. Then, I’d sit at my desk,with skates still on for skate breaks, and do my homework.

  • Reply Arlene August 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to have had some of the most dedicate and kind teachers. They all inspired my passion for education, so much so that I became (and still am) a teacher. Mrs. Grey was the first. She was a proud woman who taught a painfully shy 7-year old me that I was smart, creative, and had a lot to offer this world. She worked to imbue all her students with that pride. She didn’t use our first name, but “Miss ____” or “Mr. _____.” In a poor urban neighborhood where our families struggled to get by, Mrs. Grey treated us with respect, reminding us often that we should never forget our own dignity.

  • Reply Joan Orrall August 1, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I remember the first day of school through the years when we were given our books and writing accessories like pencils, ink pen with the nib and when it was penmanship time ink that went into the inkwells. I also loved the smell of the mimeograph lesson papers and how interesting it looked when the teacher was attaching the paper to this machine turning the handle and printing out these papers. The clean scent that greeted us upon entering school on the first day..newly varnished floors, painted walls and posters that were very colorful. The best thing of all was re-establishing friendships after the long summer vacation…New school clothes…

  • Reply Joan August 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

    The re-establishing of friendships after the long summer vacation…new clothes and shoes….the smell of newly varnished floors, and painted walls..the feeling and scent of new books.

  • Reply Polly Cox August 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    My favorite childhood school memory is the two room school I started kindergarten. Also walking to the bus stop with the older children who watched over me.

  • Reply Alexandra Sterling August 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    My favorite back-to-school memory has to how we would all rise and stand beside our desks when the teacher came in. When she said, “Good morning children!” we would curtsey and say in unison, “Good morning, Mrs. ______” Then we would all sit in unison when told to do so. Those were the days.

  • Reply Stephanie Phelps August 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    My favorite memory in school was being chosen as the winner of the school talent show it was so exciting and so much fun!

  • Reply Mark Williams August 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Show and tell with Dad’s WWII memorabilia

  • Reply Kris Bell August 1, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    My favorite memory all the many years ago in first grade – getting a “Big Chief Tablet” like the grown-up kids and my first big fat red pencil. I felt SOOOO grown up and smart.

  • Reply Karen August 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I clearly remember Mrs. Duncan’s perfume as she leaned over and taught me how to write a “pretty” cursive “r.”
    To this day I receive compliments on my handwriting…especially my “r’s.”

  • Reply Paula_Z August 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I was the ‘new kid’ in school who came in the middle of 7th grade year… talk about an awkward time in life. Once my Art teacher realized that I had a flair for free-hand lettering, she enlisted me to help make posters for school activities (this was pre-computer graphics). I went on to become a secondary Art teacher (and later school Library Media Teacher). I make it a point to involve students with production activities in the library media center and enjoy seeing how proud they are when their designs & work is posted around the school or used for a program cover.

  • Reply Irene Owens August 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    My favorite childhood memory was going on the science field trips (5th/6th grade) around Edinboro Lake collecting specimens of leaves, plants and flowers. We usually had at least one picnic lunch in the fall and spring.

  • Reply Irene Owens August 2, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    My favorite memory was science field trips around Edinboro Lake located near the elementary school in 5th& 6th grade. We collected leaf,plant and flower specimens and had one picnic lunch in the fall and spring. It was a “casual dress” day,allowing us to wear slacks or shorts.

  • Reply Ali Celestino August 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    My favorite memory was the fashion trend looking back on it makes me laugh.

  • Reply Karen N. August 11, 2015 at 10:30 am

    My favorite memory is not during school…but about the school. Our neighborhood was made into a circle and our backyards went directly into the school yard. We were one of the lucky houses that our yard opened directly into the playground section of the school. So my Sister and I would play on the playground every day and our friends would come out and we’d all play for hours on the swings, merry go round, slides, it was a magical for little kids!

  • Reply Michelle McCafferty August 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    One of my favorite memories comes from elementary school, when I was finally old enough to join school band and eventually graduate on to the marching band. I was so excited and thrilled the day I was first issued my marching band uniform! I played the glockenspiel, which even with the holster that helped support the instrument, was a pretty heavy instrument for a young girl to march with in a parade. I loved it!

  • Reply Judy Zerbe August 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    In fourth grade, my drawing of the country of Greece was displayed in the classroom during an open house. I was so proud and received many compliments.

  • Reply Ron Miller August 17, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    that would have to be lunch time in the schoolyard!

  • Reply jane jakins August 17, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    best teachers at college

  • Reply Anita Mitchell August 17, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I looked forward to old friends and creative writing class…lol oh ya! and submarine sandwiches,lol!

  • Reply Trisha B. August 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    First grade art class was my favorite memory from school. I loved drawing and winning competitions in art class!

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