While working on applications tonight, we needed to enter all of Peter's awards earned during high school. This can be hard to reconstruct if a parent has not kept at least a file folder for each grade. I went one step further a couple of years ago. I created a binder for each of my kids called "School Stuff". It came in handy tonight when we got to the awards section of the Common Application.
Here are some of the things that are included in each School Stuff binder:
End of the year report cards and Standardized test scores for each year
Artwork (only the best)
Interesting assignments, essays and journal entries
The kids love these binders. There is a tab for each grade (K-12). Everything is one place, and I felt good about throwing away the boxes full of extra stuff they brought home all those years.