The school year is nearly over, and it’s time to empty those lockers.
Kids always leave behind some hidden treasure. Some of it is in good shape. Like mittens and hats, which are donated to local shelters.
But other things that teachers have found? Stand back!
Here, teachers from the Omaha Public Schools share their most memorable locker finds.
Dara Rosenberg, Alice Buffett Middle School:
"The craziest thing I ever found in a locker was actually at the end of the semester. One of the kids was so excited about frog dissection that she (unknown to me) took frog parts and put them in her locker to take home and show her parents. Needless to say, some didn’t make it home — because they were dried out."
Robin Franco, Florence Elementary:
"Once a kindergartner snuck a school milk carton into a locker 'to take home.' It was back when we had milk in plastic bottles. Well, it eventually exploded, and we thought something had died in our hallway. When I started checking lockers one by one I found it. Gag!"
Heather Buschelman, Alice Buffett Middle School:
"As we walked down the hall, we noticed this gook oozing out of a locker. So we opened it. A gallon-sized plastic bag of slime had busted open. The student was selling it during passing periods."
Elizabeth Padomek, Saddlebrook Elementary:
"One year I had a student with a mini-chandelier hanging in her locker as a decoration. There’s always a kid who has basically every paper ever “mailed” home accumulated in their locker — as in they never made it into the backpack to go home. No wonder mom and dad never knew what was going on."
Meagan Nelson-Young, Monroe Middle School:
"All of my missing pencils (probably 50) and a rotten apple. Together. Truly symbolic of being an educator."
Hannah Kolega, McMillan Magnet Center:
"I found a nasty bag of decomposing fruit in a locker."
Susan Aguilera-Robles, Spring Lake Magnet:
"We had an (entrepreneur) selling candy out of her locker a few years ago. It was the first “bust” by our security guard. He was surprised by what he found."
Jacqueline Morales, Central High School:
"I have seen roller blades come out of lockers at the end of the year."
This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Momaha Magazine.