Back-to-School - Part III


Japanese Crystal Football Paperweight Sculpture by Sasaki (LEO Design)

The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

For better or worse, some Americans cannot (or will not) separate their favorite academic institutions from the institution of American Football.  The Autumn—with its sweaters, crisp temperatures, and crackling leaves—means Back-to-School and the start of Football season.  Tailgates, marching bands, gambling brackets.  Some schools (and student bodies) are better known for their American Football prowess than they are for their academic achievements.  Personally, I'd prefer a world where educators prioritized educating—and sports games were just a casual, weekend distraction.  But such is a minority view amongst the concepts of conferences, school budgets and broadcast rights.

Shown above, a Japanese crystal American Football sculpture, made by Sasaki.  It could be used as a paperweight on the desk or an interesting conversation piece in the office, den or bookshelf.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it. 

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


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