The 5 Best and 5 Worst School Supplies

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I love autumn for many reasons, one of which is the plethora of school supplies. I admit it: I am an office supply junkie. I love fresh notebooks, new pens, Post-It notes, erasers, and paper clips. Sometimes I buy sets of office supplies just because I like them. It's a weird fascination, but it does make going shopping during the back-to-school rush pretty great.

As a kid, I yearned for Lisa Frank items, but as an adult, anything fun will suffice. (Right now, I have a Post-It note dispenser shaped like a purse and a tape dispenser in the shape of a shoe). Given that most kids are returning to school, and given that my stationary obsession began when I was a kid, here are some of the best and worst school supplies:


Do Kids Still Use Lisa Frank School Supplies?

It's back-to-school time, and you know who is still the best? Lisa Frank, that's who. I don't know if people still use Lisa Frank school supplies, but I do know that they should. Urban Outfitters — which sells Lisa Frank merchandise — released this interview with the creator of the colorfully whimsical designs, featuring everything from panda bears to bananas wearing sunglasses.

Lisa Frank was everything when I was a kid, but alas, when you are 10, you cannot always afford to purchase that coveted Lisa Frank folder. Thankfully, I'm an adult now, so I can do what I want. (That's how adulthood works, right?)

What were your favorite Lisa Frank items?

School's out for summer, but this video of a retiring principal being surprised with an elaborate flash mob is too cute not to share. Back at the start of June, students and teachers at Hingham Middle School performed a farewell flash mob for their principal of 36 years, Roger Boddie. Boddie thought he was being filmed in a segment to discuss the school's construction projects, and he can be seen in the video wearing a hard hat and standing on the roof. Only, once he's up there, the entire school launches into a dance number to Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' with signs that read,"Thank you for believing in us."