Ask Amy: Teacher tackles a ‘lost and found’ cold case
I suggest using social media to try to find the child who originally left these items with you. It will be a great test of the reach and positive connections that are enabled when you ask for help solving a mystery.
You could start by posting this Q&A on Facebook.
Your school likely has a Facebook page that will permit a posting. Your local area or township might have a community listserv that will publish your query.
Also reach out to fellow teachers, the PTA, and any other parent and alumni groups affiliated with your school district.
You could post a photo of one of the objects, which might jog some memories. (If the owner emerges, you could ask them to identify other objects in the collection in order to verify the ownership.)
Ask others to share your post, and frame this as a generous and fun community challenge.
There have been some truly impressive lost-and-found stories (of wedding rings found on beaches or old photographs that cry out for identifying). You have an advantage because you are dealing with a known community of staff, students, and parents.
I’d love to think that your effort will eventually become a great lost-and-found success story, and I hope you’ll keep in touch to let readers know how things turned out.
Dear Amy: My husband and I have a disabled child, whose needs are complex. We have been blessed to find a reliable, kind, and hardworking caregiver, “Shelly,” who is a wonderful fit for us.
Unfortunately, Shelly is also very creative and generous. She makes us food, clothes, and items of home décor, none of which suit our needs or taste.