Thursday, January 5, 2012

Suggestions solicited..... for my kids

This year, my students are arguably the best I have ever had. I don't know how to say that in a better way. To be blunt.... they give a crap more than any bunch I have ever had.

Graduation is in five months. I'd like to give them each something when they walk that stage. I'd like every young person to go back to their seat with not only their certificates and awards, but something concrete that says to them "You did a hell of a job".

What? That's the question.

Your thoughts?

Keep it reasonable.... it will be out of pocket from me personally, and I ain't rolling in that filthy lucre stuff.


JohnMXL said...

Challenge coins come to mind but might be out of your price range.

doubletrouble said...

I'm thinking along the same lines as John.
Perhaps a small (quarter-sized) silver hand-made piece inscribed and/or otherwise adorned with a meaningful date or simple message?

og said...

In my pocket, on a keyring with my diamond whetstone, is a 4" Crescent brand crescent wrench. It stays with me all the time, and I am as nutty about it as my pocketknife. It's an American made tool and has a nice spot on the side that could be laser engraved, if you were so inclined. The real Crescent ones are $14, but you might be able to improve on that price if you shop around and buy in bulk.

Bob said...

Opinel knives? The No. 6 Opinel in carbon steel can be had for less than $10 per unit, and if you bought a bunch from Amazon they would probably qualify for free shipping in the numbers that you need.

Peter said...

If a challenge coin is too expensive, how about a challenge nut - i.e. that six-sided thing with a hole in the middle what goes on a bolt? I'm sure you could lay your hands on some suitably large nuts, and inscribe or stamp them with the class number and year.

Alternatively, if you wanted to be politically incorrect, you could give the girls the nuts and the boys matching bolts . . .


Carteach0 said...

Interesting ideas all.

I'll look into having challenge coins made. That's a good idea, and one I never would have thought of.

Making silver pieces... money and time...I lake both.

Engraved nuts? Cute. Maybe. I'll look into that too. As key chains perhaps.

Knives.... engraved knives would be a GREAT idea.... if it wasn't a public school with asinine rules.

Carteach0 said...

Oh.... does anyone have any suggestions for challenge coins makers? Looking them up on the net, it's hard to tell decent from scammer.

og said...

Carteach: I have been thinking, for a long time, of trying to start somehting like Kiplings 'The order of the Engineer' only call it "The Sons of Martha".

The people you train are truly the Sons of Martha, the ones who make it possible for everyone else not to have to dirty their hands. The religious undertones might not be politiclaly correct, but I have been thinking of a 'Sons of Martha" challenge coin for a while. I bet we can find people who will help put together the artwork.

Bob S. said...

Another idea might be a group photo.

You would have to give away the idea to some extent by having the pose - either all together or by class.

A quick pass through a photo-editing program to add class info, year, your name etc -- and then print at a pharmacy.

Old NFO said...

Day late over here, but I like the baby Crescent idea :-)