Nothing gave you more joy than collecting your last star and earning your free personal pan pizza! Your parents dreaded it because they had to spend money for their food, but as they wanted to encourage your literacy, they took you whether they could afford it or not.
All the cool kids had one, which made you super lame if you didn't. Who would have thought that paper storage could cause such division among the masses!
These babies made lunch time so much better. No need to pack a bowl for soup because the lid doubled as a bowl! And they came in super cool designs like "My Little Pony," "Voltron," or "Care Bears."
Just like the thermos', everyone had to have an awesome themed lunch box, back when they were still metal.
Speak & Spell
We didn't need spell check in the 80s; we had a Speak & Spell! "E.T." made this toy even more desirable.
Save Your Quarters!
Every student was super pumped when they had enough money to buy new pencils! Of course, you were super bummed when you didn't get the one that you wanted.
80s kids will remember burning their hands on these babies when their parents picked them up after school and they had sat in a hot car all day.
Before the days of making playgrounds more "safe," you enjoyed hours of fun on one of these babies! Granted, you did burn your hands on hot days, and you may have bumped your head a few times, but you had fun doing it!
You couldn't wait until it was your turn to use the one and only classroom computer to play "Oregon Trail." You couldn't wait to set out on your adventure!
Dysentery: Oregon's Nemesis
The only thing worse than not having enough computer time to complete the game--which no one ever did--was dying of dysentery before your time was up!
One Sore Bum
You spent more than your fair share of time on these uncomfortable chairs at school, but you would still fight your friends for the best colors.
Before the days of computerized library systems, books had these awesome cards in them that showed who else had borrowed the same book: the beginning of data mining.
Actual Floppy Disks
Data storage has come a long way, but you won't ever forget these handy devices. Before they there three and a half inches and made of hard plastic, these devices went through some changes from eight inches to five and a fourth. You chuckle as your kids ask you why the "save" icon is a strange square.
You would forget these weren't candy every time and be shocked by the nasty taste they left in your mouth. No, rather than being candy, they helped "disclose" any plaque that might be in your mouth.
Your week was made when the book orders came out! You would spend all of your free time circling everything that you wanted so that you could ask your parents for them later.
Dot Matrix Paper
Printing used to be a production: and you loved it! After watching the paper feed in like an accordion, you couldn't wait to pull the edges off.
Who has their AV card? If you had it, you would get to help work the projector.
Before Dre had Beats, the speech pathologist had these babies!
Sweet Sugary Goodness
Your breakfast wasn't complete without some sweetened corn or rice, themed after your favorite TV show or movie of course. Or just coated in so much sugar that you can't tell you are eating cereal.
Take A Look, It's In a Book
Your afternoons weren't complete until you saw what books you needed to be reading. LeVar Burton just made reading so much fun, and that theme song was so catchy!
Ice cream always seemed to taste better on a wooden spoon. Well, it was nice to be getting ice cream at school at the very least, and you just hoped you didn't get a splinter.
Perfectly Sharpened Pencils
If you needed a break during class, you would "accidentally" break your pencil lead and have to go sharpen it. The pencil sharpener was the water cooler of elementary classrooms where all of the latest gossip was shared.
The Original Search Engine
Before the internet was at your fingertips, you had to go to the library, open up the card catalog, find the location of the book you needed, find the book, open it up, read and skim for the information, and then inevitably, go back and do it all over again when you didn't find the information you need.
Nothing was more rewarding than grabbing the fresh pages off of the Ditto Machine for your teacher!
Just Say No!
Don't do drugs kids! Nancy Reagan used her influence as the First Lady to push for drug advocacy. You can thank her for all of those pizza parties you had in third grade while learning how you should shame your parents for smoking.
Garbage Pail Kids
For the demented part in all of us, "Garbage Pail Kids" offered a nice outlet for us all to chuckle at the misfortune of others. It was fun trying to keep our teachers from catching us from playing with them and taking them away too...
Before most fun things were taken out of schools, you couldn't wait to show off your Halloween costume during the parade; while marching to "Thriller" of course.
The Joy of Painting
Bob Ross made painting fun for kids of all ages. After all, "we don't make mistakes; we just have happy accidents."
You couldn't help but boast about your massive eraser collection to all of your friends. You had all of the best erasers and you weren't afraid to let everyone know.
On those hot days (before many schools had AC) you could bring one of these to class filled with water so you didn't have to go to the drinking fountain.
You loved to collect these little guys, because they were just so darn cute.