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Kids need some labeling


Kids need some labeling

Dear Heloise: I have enjoyed your column AND totally agree with the writer who warned against PERSONALIZING BACKPACKS for schoolchildren.

However, it is important to put a label inside items, such as jackets and lunchboxes.

I teach at a K-6 school.

Children misplace items on the playground, in the gym, in the library, etc., and if there is no name inside, it goes into the lost and found.

Each year, we send many jackets to our local charity because they are never claimed. It only takes a minute and would be most helpful.

— Margaret. J., via email

Margaret, good advice, and thanks so much for writing. Some parents may be uncomfortable putting the full name (not sure why, it’s on the inside). They can use first

name, last name, an initial or just initials on the tag. If a child misplaces something (GEE, that never happens, does it?), check the lost and found! Don’t assume it is lost forever and go buy a new one. You may find things from a while ago in

there, too.

Many schools donate unclaimed items to charity after a while. Maybe you could start a jacket-donation box for families to put outgrown jackets in to be donated as well!

— Heloise

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com TRAVEL HINT Dear Heloise: On our recent

five-day road trip, I found some

helpful hints to pass along. In the glove compartment I kept extra napkins (left over from restaurants), rubber bands, chip clips for leftover snacks, a few sandwich bags for partially eaten snacks, hand sanitizer and wipes, and some bandages.

I took my own pillow, and inside the pillowcase I stashed a few plastic hangers. I do not like wooden ones in hotels, and there never seems to be enough.

— Jo B. in New York

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