Search through old photo albums and chances are you'll find a picture of yourself on the first day of school.
Could be a photo of you smiling proudly the day you started kindergarten, the first time you rode the school bus, or your first picture in your community softball league. No doubt, the photographs highlight your new haircut, new clothes and new backpack and lunch box.
And no doubt you've captured those same memories of your own children. Starting this week, you can share those highlights with your Patch community. Just attach your photos here by clicking the "Upload" button, or email Local Editor Marina Cracchiolo.
And throughout this school year, there are several other ways to highlight the student in your life.
Students We Should Know: Know someone who has done something super special? It could be the kid who volunteers on weekends, a child who has gotten perfect attendance or someone who won an academic honor or an unusual award. If you think it's fantastic, it probably is. So, celebrate the accomplishment here on Patch. We'll be doing an occassional features on these great students, so email suggestions to Local Editor Marina Cracchiolo.
Athletes of the Week: We'll be looking for nominations for an occasional series highlighting awesome student athletes. We're not necessarily looking for the stars. Has someone overcome an injury to go on to have a successful season. Does your student trainer deserve special recognition? What about those cheerleaders?
Express yourself - on Patch! In this age of Facebook and Twitter, young people are expressing themselves more than ever. Now they can share their musings about everything from their daily adventures, to their favorite hobbies, sports and books. Try writing a blog for Patch.
And remember you can always post your own announcements directly on the Patch site by clicking the "Announce it here" tab to the right of the page. It can be a reminder about the upcoming car wash to raise funds for the gymnastics team or the fact that your child just made the dean's list.
Looking forward to hearing from you! Have a great school year.