Last week, I posted some first day of school photos from our collection and gave you an assignment to send in your own photos for the blog and our upcoming "Growing Up in Edina: A Show and Tell Exhibit" that opens Oct. 29.
The following students get A's, gold stars and smiley faces. The rest of you get a second chance. You can turn in your work for publication next week, and I won't even dock your grade for being late.
Kate Genovese (Edina High School Class of '90) posed on for the camera on her first day of school in 1978, on her front step with little sister Kris (EHS '95). I love Kate's outfit, perfect for back-to-school. "Pencils, Erasers, Crayons" is written on the leg of her pants. Her shirt says "My Things" with illustrations of those very things.
Little sister Kris grew up. On her first day of first grade in 1983, she waited for the bus with the neighborhood kids on Monterey Avenue in Morningside. She's in the bright green jacket with blue dress. It looks like primary colors were popular that year. (It also looks like not everyone was happy to be standing at the bus stop that morning.)
Kate writes, "I now live in Manhattan / NYC... and Kris is in DC! Mom and Dad are still in the same house in Morningside!!"
Joan Lundin Doyle also gathered with the neighborhood on her first day of kindergarten with Mrs. Glover, 1960. Paul Battaglia, Julie Jacobson, Shelly Anderl and Joan Lundin stood in front of her home, 4016 Kipling Avenue South. The group were "walkers" from kindergarten through third grade at Morningside School and then were bused to Wooddale School.
I'm sure school dress code required dresses for girls and dress pants for boys - no jeans or shorts in most schools during this time.(My kids, who live with a much more relaxed school dress code, can't believe children had to dress up to go to school.)
"I still remember my Mom taking this picture and have thought about it many times over the years!!" Joan wrote. "It was fun to go back through my Mom and Dad’s picture books to find it."
See? The assignment was fun. Joan said so. For some weekend entertainment, take a look back through your childhood photo albums (or boxes of unsorted pictures) and see what you can contribute to the "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit.