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Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

August 1, 2017

August Giveaway - Manchester Wood

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 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 follow 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 Lauralee Hensley August 3, 2016 at 12:10 am

    My favorite school memories are of third grade and our teacher Mrs. Theis. She really knew how to motivate the class which was about 75 percent rough and tumble boys. If we got all of our in class assignments done without her having to discipline the class through the week, we were rewarded every Friday afternoon. Those Fridays came often because everyone got to bring in their favorite records and board games. Then we’d get to play games and listen to music and talk and just have fun after lunch until school let out on Friday afternoon. Once in a while there was a bad week with boys being disruptive often during the week and we didn’t get through all our assignments on time, which of course meant no fun Friday afternoon. Yet, her motivating factors made every subject fun, informative and she would give one on one time to those students who weren’t catching on quickly to the subject at hand. I’m sure her many years of teaching experience helped her in keeping such a rough and tumble class in line, but I didn’t see her that way. I saw her back then as a sweet, tiny, pudgy old lady with gray hair who I wished sometimes was my grandmother.

  • Reply Janet Irwin August 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I had a fifth grade teacher that read to us every day after lunch and recess. He read Winnie the Pooh and The Snow Treasure and countless other books that caught our immaginations. Mr. Hirst was the best. Elemendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska! 1962-1963.

  • Reply Michelle Ward August 22, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    My favorite school memory is my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Vandergriff. She took an interest in me and would talk to me about everything. I remember thinking wow she really cares about me. That meant so much considering that my home life was bad. I think Mrs. Vandergriff could tell I needed someone to care about me. I made good grades when I turned in my work and I was quiet. I didn’t have nice things or many clothes. Mrs. Vandergriff made me feel like I was as good as anyone else because she never talked down to me, she built me up and made me smile everyday.

  • Reply Sarah B. August 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    My favorite school memory involves a very silly choreographed dance routine performed at the talent show in 5th grade by myself & my 3 best (only) friends. We jumped & wiggled to -what else – “Everybody Dance Now” by C&C Music Factory. Glorious!

  • Reply Trisha B. August 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    In 5th grade, I won the art contest from all of the entire school entries!

  • Reply Kristine Tesar August 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    My favorite high school memory is Thanksgiving day football games. The weather was frosty, expectations were high and the anticipation of turkey and stuffing kept us warm and happy.

  • Reply Jennifer Barr August 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

    My favorite elementary school memory is playing on pogo sticks at recess.

  • Reply Cate Kager August 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I loved elementary school. So many good memories. I went to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and many of our teachers were the Sisters of Saint Joseph along with a few lay teachers. My favorite memory would be when our pastor, Father Sheffner would come to each classroom to pass out repot cards. He would call my name and tease me about something then ask about my parents. It made me feel special. He gave me my sacraments including marriage. He became a big part of my life.

  • Reply Emily Bezemek August 1, 2017 at 8:19 am

    My favorite elementary school memory is knowing every Halloween, our music teacher would dress up like a witch and hand out candy. She would decorate the music room, and we would sing spooky songs she had taught us.

  • Reply Stephanie OShea August 1, 2017 at 8:25 am

    My favorite memory is going to my elementary school a few days before school started to “meet the teacher” and see my new desk. I loved the excitement of getting new supplies. The pink eraser smell, the new Elmer’s glue bottle, the fresh notebooks yet to be written in. No matter if I was entering a new elementary grade, high school, or college class, I always had that familiar flutter of anticipation of a fresh, new year. I continue to have that feeling as an adult each August as a secondary English teacher!

  • Reply Judy August 1, 2017 at 8:32 am

    My favorite school memory is one that still makes me laugh today: In kindergarten we were very poor and my mother sent me to school with mostly potato sandwiches (they were too proud to use the school lunch program). So it was a real treat when she gave me a quarter to buy a lunch for Thanksgiving of turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. I was so excited to have this incredible meal that halfway through eating it I fabulously vomited right on my beautiful lunch. One day of disappointment has given me over 50 years of laughter.

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  • Reply mary ann herrmann August 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

    …my favorite school memory was the preparation beforehand with the purchase of new clothes, school supplies, etc.

  • Reply jules m. August 1, 2017 at 9:50 am

    i used to love the back to school shopping with my mom, we’d get school supplies and a new wardrobe.

  • Reply Jeremy VanDerKern August 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Sock Hops at MEMS. Pine Knot. Slinkies and Light Waves. Leaf Project. CATS.

  • Reply Julia Manyik August 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I have many favorite memories, but one in particular was games we played during recess. We made up our games because we didn’t have playground equipment nor games. A favorite was swinging on vines, building forts in ditches, and making a ring and having wrestling matches.

  • Reply Julia Cellana August 1, 2017 at 10:22 am

    My favorite school memories are the two senior proms I went to with my boyfriend because they were so much fun. I love dressing up and they made me feel like I was a princess. I also love dancing so both nights were perfect!

  • Reply Naomi Curtis Sturtevant August 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    My favorite elementary school memory is from the winter I first went to school. The snow plows came to clear the road and pushed the snow up into enormous snow banks that really were sky high. The snow banks were so high that the passing cars could not be seen from the other side. In those days children were expected to walk to school and my brother John helped me climb to the top of the snow bank so that we could walk along the top. I dropped my lunch box and it slid all the way down into the roadway. It was a very special metal lunch box that was shaped like a bus and I was very upset to see it lying way down at the bottom of the snowbank. My brother very patiently climbed down to retrieve it and then he climbed all the way back up to the top of the snow bank to put it gently back into my mitten covered hands. Then he led me along the top of the snow bank and carefully helped me to carry it to school.

  • Reply Margaret Wagner August 1, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    My favorite childhood school memory is that I applied to two colleges and received acceptance letters from both of them. I chose the school furthest from our house(which was only an hour away).

  • Reply Irene Owens August 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    My favorite elementary school memory is 5th grade spring field trips to Edinboro Lake. We were to look for specific plants, birds and trees and record our findings in small notebooks. I attended Edinboro Elementary School and the school was located next to Edinboro University Campus (then it was Edinboro State Teachers College). We would attend special performances by the. college students. We enjoyed walking over to the college campus.

  • Reply Kris Bell August 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    My favorite memory is finally being tall enough to use my Mom’s slant top desk to do my penmanship. My feet had to touch the floor and I had to be sitting up straight. I felt SO grown up when she suggested I was tall enough and I was!!!!

  • Reply Joanne Dinsmore August 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    When I was in the 4th grade, we had wooden desks similar to this lap desk, only larger and with legs. Most still had the inkwell hole from an earlier time. One day, as we walked back to the Main Building from our French class in a different building, Mary, the girl who sat behind me, found a strange papery glob on a bush. Mary being Mary, she snapped it off, and tucked it away in her desk. The weeks and months passed. The seasons changed. One day, I felt tiny feet on the back of my neck. I turned around and saw Mary’s eyes, big as saucers, whispering ‘Don’t touch! Praying mantis babies! We all either believed to be true that in Pennsylvania at this time there was a $50 fine for killing a praying mantis. Here were hundreds of babies emerging from the inkwell hole of Mary’s desk, searching for plants to hide on. Mrs. Burke noticed the buzz near the back of the road, and, keeping her composure, had one child open windows, and appointed several of us to collect the little guys, and others to gently place them on the old brick wall of the building. It took a very long time! I like to think we saved all those babies.

  • Reply AEKZ2 August 2, 2017 at 2:39 am

    My favorite childhood school memory is when I moved back to my old school. It was so nice to see my friends again.

  • Reply REBECCA STEPHEN August 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    my favorite part of the day was art class, I loved it so much. I wanted to go to college to be a teacher, but was not able.

  • Reply Valerie C. August 2, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I really loved the first day of school! So exciting!

  • Reply Martha Miller August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    My favorite memory is learning to read my first word, “look”.
    I was reading from “Dick, Jane and Sally”, and I was trying to learn the “oo” sound. I remember reading, ” look look” and I remember thinking,
    ” two Os are pronounced like the oo in boots, so look makes the sound like boot”.
    Something clicked at that moment and I knew how to read from that time on.
    Obviously I knew small words like “cat”, “the” and other small words but “look look” just made something click so I knew from that time on how to read with ease.
    I also realize, sharing this memory that the “oo” in boot and look are not pronounced the same, but it worked for me.

  • Reply Brenda W. August 7, 2017 at 1:08 am

    My favorite memory was speech therapy. I was in the 6th grade when a teacher was hired for six months to help a few students. I learned how to pronounce words that had r’s and L’s. It was so nice to be able to say my name, yellow, and other words.

  • Reply Ellen B August 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    being in Art class – the best time of the whole school day

  • Reply Julia M August 19, 2017 at 6:23 am

    There are many wonderful memories of those “good old days”. There are great classroom memories as well as memories of getting to and from school. I road a school bus for many miles and many of the roads were not paved. On rainy days, it wasn’t unusual to get stuck or slide into a ditch. We would wait for a farmer to come on his tractor and pull us out. Those were memorable times that I will never forget.

  • Reply Michelle McC August 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    My favorite memory from grade school was the big day when we all moved from the very old original school to the brand new building just down the hill.

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