Woodstock Union High School Senior Gives Us Locker Décor Tips
Aug 29, 2017 02:29PM
● Published by Linda Ditch
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Last school year, Woodstock Union
High School senior Abby Kaija came up with a unique way of decorating her
locker. Since she didn’t use it very much, she turned it into a Little Free
Library. This allowed other students to “take a book—return a book” whenever
Principal Garon Smail says, “Abby
came to me and said she wasn’t using the locker, and since she was excited
about the Little Free Library idea, I encouraged her to do it. It was a good
way to repurpose that space.”
Principal Smail also notes that there has been a decline in locker use from years past, primarily because most students keep their stuff with them in backpacks and book bags. However, he adds, “Lockers are still used as meeting places, a gathering point where students want to meet up with their friends.”
If you’re a student who wants to
use your locker, there are ways to dress it up to fit your style. First, some
locker don’ts. The principal says everyone’s heard about the forgotten sandwich
in the locker that begins to smell after a certain time. “It is the students’
responsibility to maintain their lockers and keep them clean. It’s a space
you’re allowed to use as a privilege. It’s still school property.”
When you get your locker, start by
stocking it with these must-haves:
- A hoodie or sweater, in case it’s cooler in the building
than you expected.
- An umbrella, in case you get caught in the rain.
- Hair ties and clips, just in case your morning
hairstyle doesn’t survive gym class.
- Body spray and deodorant: Speaking of gym . . .
- Extra school supplies: Your pen ran out of ink.
Your pencil is too short to sharpen. You need a glue stick for a project. Keep
a supply box (or a cute plastic container or jar) in your locker with these
supplies so they’re handy when you need them. And don’t forget sticky notes to post
reminders on your locker door.
- A bottle of water and healthy snacks: Just in case
you need to hydrate or stop your stomach from growling just before lunch.
Once you have the basics lined up, you
can concentrate on the extras—decorations! There are a lot of ways to make your
locker fit your style and be a fun place to stop between classes. It just takes
a little planning.
Magnets are a must-have for locker decorating. You can stick them to photos and anything else you want to hang up with a hot glue gun or superglue. You can also buy magnets that already have sticky glue on the back, ready to attach to whatever you want.
Some handy items to hang on the
inside of your locker door include a dry-erase board and a mirror. A pen and
pencil holder is another good idea, as are magnets with clips so you can hang worksheets,
homework reminders, etc. And don’t forget to hang a few favorite photos. You
can buy frames with magnets already attached or add some to a favorite frame, as
long as it’s lightweight and has no glass.
Want to go over the top? A big
trend this year is locker wallpaper. You can buy ready-made locker wallpaper or
put magnets on the back of some favorite wrapping paper. How about a locker
light? Some are even made with motion sensors so they turn on when you open the
door. (Some even look like fancy chandeliers!) Or you can add magnets to one of
the push-on type lights and attach it to the ceiling of your locker.
Principal Garon Smail says to consider
this: “If when you remove it at the end of the year, it will cause damage to
the locker, don’t do it. You need to be able to remove it all at the end of the
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