Organizing and Storing Children’s School Work – Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen

by Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen, contributing writer

It’s back to school and while it’s been a long time, I can remember how important it was to be – organized! Whether that’s a tidy, efficient, consistent space for your young student to do homework – or a place to store those precious art masterpieces, organizing will make your life seem like it has at least a little control.

If you go to a parent-teacher conference or have a need to communicate with your child’s teachers, knowing where tests and assignment notes are is also important. Applying to a private school? You’ll want to show off that really special project your young one did – one that shows her/his great potential for creativity and excellence.

My advice is, especially during the young grades when children are prolific, get a plastic storage box that is easy to carry, easy to segment and label, and one that you can store in the basement as time goes by.

You’ll want to put the name, grade and date on special works you want to save – if you have multiple children you think you’ll remember whose is whose when they get older – but take it from me – you won’t! So, put a sticker or write in the same, consistent spot on the item to save.

Some items should be put into plastic sleeves so they won’t tear or fade over time.

Today you can take drawings and upload them to make-a-book services and create a visual storage book of special art items – this is fun for your children to review as well and makes their items seem extra special to the whole family.

Get some nice cloth bags to put in your children’s rooms and tell them you want them to select which items they would want you to “save forever” – this lets you know what they think is special, too (sometimes your opinion and theirs might be quite different).

Starting the school year off in an organized way will lend some control to the school year. Those first two months can seem anything BUT in control.

There are so many organizational methods out there now – if you are like a friend of ours with a touch of OCD, you’ll have a new system put together that you can add to every year – some day your adult kids, with your grandkids by their side will be going through those boxes and you’ll get to relive it all over again. They’ll love knowing what you saved, too.

There is no right or wrong way to organize and cherish these important documents – if you develop a new system, send us the info – we’d love to share it, too.


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Harris “Hershey” Rosen, is the author of WHY? Because I Love You, a book that says it like it is – “What you need to know when I die”. His book details methods to organize your important personal and family information for those who are left behind.

A graduate of Harvard, Hershey Rosen has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth, he ran a candy company for 40 years, developing a system for locating ANY item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.

Following “retirement,” Hershey went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the text book with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.

Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations. He has written Creating A Guide So Your Loved Ones Can Go On Living! to help others protect their spouses (and families) from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home. He then wrote My Family Record Book, expanding on the information in his first book, and finally, in 2020, WHY? Because I Love You was published.

Hershey, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, can now relax (ha!) with his beloved wife, Myrna, and enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren.