Tuesday, August 2, 2011
More Lost and Found Pencils and Pens
Long-time readers may recall that last summer I wrote about the pencils and pencil stubs that I had found in the yards of three nearby schools. Well, I've been picking up pencils again this year and once more I have ended up with a rather nice stash of worn down stubs and pencil fragments. My stash this year is larger than last year's: 39 pencils and pencil fragments as compared to only 20 that I picked up last year. The larger numbers this year are probably due to the find of about a dozen coloured pencils, many marked with the name "Lexy." Clearly, some student lost the contents of his or her pencil case. This year's collection is also augmented by two pens and a marker that I found.
Once again, I find myself pondering why pencil stubs are so much easier to find on the grounds of the middle school rather than those of the high school or elementary school. Is this age group particularly careless of their writing instruments? Most of the pencils that I can identify seem to be inexpensive varieties from Dixon and Staples, although I also found one from Faber-Castell and a couple (broken into pieces) of Staedtler Noricas. The coloured pencils include Crayolas and one Laurentien. And one of the pens is, of course, a Bic ballpoint.
Do you pick up pencils and pens that you find on the ground? If so, where are the best places for looking? Have you noticed any trends in the kinds of pens and pencils that you find?