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207. Back-to-School Community Album & Photo Contest Winners REVEALED!

207. Back-to-School Community Album & Photo Contest Winners REVEALED!

Home Newsroom 207. Back-to-School Community Album & Photo Contest Winners REVEALED!

It’s funny how sending our kids back to school can unleash such a range of emotions.  Getting them back into the swing of the new school year feels like such a relief but it’s a new game when your baby climbs on that big bus for the very first time.  I had a vision of the day we reach that point with our kids while viewing this photo submitted by a Barrington mom named Lindsey.

Next stop, Roslyn Road - Submitted by mom, Lindsey
Next stop, Roslyn Road – Submitted by mom, Lindsey

There’s something a little bittersweet about the return to school at summer’s end.  Off they go with bright eyes, a bigger shoe size and a new air of confidence you don’t remember from last year.

Ready for first day of kindergarten! - Submitted by dad, Mike
Ready for first day of kindergarten! – Submitted by dad, Mike

I’m feeling the love out there for our young students after viewing the pictures submitted for our Back to School Community Album & Photo Contest.  It is clear how much you cherish these children and we are right there with you.

2013 Back to School Barrington Community Photo Album
2013 Back to School Barrington Community Photo Album

From preschool to high school, there are students of all ages represented in our collection, thanks to dozens of parents who shared their favorite photos with captions.

We’ve drawn the names of 3 winners, but some of the photos caught my attention for clever touches like this one, submitted by a Barrington mom named Maria.  With that sunny smile, I have a hunch your little AJ aced his kindergarten debut!  (Even though it might have been a little rough on his mom ;)).

AJ's First Day of Kindergarten at North Barrington Elementary! - Very emotional day. :-) -  Submitted by mom, Maria Palumbo
AJ’s First Day of Kindergarten at North Barrington Elementary! – Very emotional day. 🙂 – Submitted by mom, Maria

I picked up some great ideas for next year, thanks to the moms who took that extra step, adding info-props to their pics to forever remember these special little milestones…

Stop and smell the roses, off to kindergarten! - Submitted by mom, Lindsey
Stop and smell the roses, off to kindergarten! – Submitted by mom, Lindsey
First day of preschool for the little guy! So excited to be starting at Salem this year! - Submitted by mom, Courtney
First day of preschool for the little guy! So excited to be starting at Salem this year! – Submitted by mom, Courtney
Madilyn was SO excited to start Kindergarten, she barely let me take this photo of her running off the bus! - Submitted by mom, Dawn
Madilyn was SO excited to start Kindergarten, she barely let me take this photo of her running off the bus! – Submitted by mom, Dawn

We have to give a shout-out to the students who hammed it up a little for their photos.  No sign of nerves present with these kids!…

YES WE DID IT we survived the first day of school!! - Submitted by mom, Alexandra
YES WE DID IT we survived the first day of school!! – Submitted by mom, Alexandra
First day back to school at Classical Consortium Academy at Village Church of Barrington - Submitted by mom, Lindsay
First day back to school at Classical Consortium Academy at Village Church of Barrington – Submitted by mom, Lindsay
We live right next to Hough Street school and the kids had the idea to race over - Submitted by mom, Tatjana
We live right next to Hough Street school and the kids had the idea to race over – Submitted by mom, Tatjana
Logan excited for his first day of 3-4 preschool at Atonement Christian Day School - Submitted by Mom, Lisa
Logan excited for his first day of 3-4 preschool at Atonement Christian Day School – Submitted by Mom, Lisa
My daughter off to first grade at Lines - Submitted by mom, Stephanie
My daughter off to first grade at Lines – Submitted by mom, Stephanie
4th Grade and ready! - Submitted by Mom, Laurie
4th Grade and ready! – Submitted by Mom, Laurie

We even had a few high schoolers in the mix.  One actually let her mom take her photo on school premises (gasp! 😮 😳 :wink:)…

Oops! Forgot to take the back-to-school photo at home. Let me humiliate my Sophomore Daughter, Kirsten, and take it in front of the High School - Submitted by mom, Patty
Oops! Forgot to take the back-to-school photo at home. Let me humiliate my Sophomore Daughter, Kirsten, and take it in front of the High School – Submitted by mom, Patty

…And others were running to catch the bus, in true high school style.

Nothing like running for the bus on your first day of High School!! - Submitted by mom, Laura
Nothing like running for the bus on your first day of High School!! – Submitted by mom, Laura

I am in love with all of the images submitted and we have the full photo album and slideshow below.  But, alas, we only have three prizes to give away.  We just drew three names and now have our winners!

We picked prizes that are perfect for a little pampering.  After all, it’s not easy getting all those back-to-school clothes, shoes and supplies all ready before day one.  Parents, you deserve a major pat on the back for a job well done!

Here are the prizes and the names of our three winners…

Jenna Speight Wins a Spa Bleu 60-Minute Massage

Post 200 - Spa Bleu South BarringtonSpa Bleu at The Arboretum of South Barrington is going to help Jenna unwind and relax with a 60 minute massage, worth $85.

Each massage starts with an Aveda foot soak and will be followed by a consultation and fully customized experience.

Spa Bleu is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa promoting a healthy mind and body.  For more information about their salon and spa services, visit Spa-Bleu.com.

Here’s the photo Jenna entered into our contest…

My son Connor, extremely happy to head back to Hough Street School. His twin brother and sister couldn't care less. It was his idea to jump for the photo - Submitted by mom, Jenna
My son Connor, extremely happy to head back to Hough Street School. His twin brother and sister couldn’t care less. It was his idea to jump for the photo – Submitted by mom, Jenna

Tatjana Bergman Wins a Skin Wellness by Renee Ultimate Radiance Facial

Post 200 - Skin Wellness by ReneeTatjana will receive an Ultimate Radiance Facial from Skin Wellness By Renee which lasts an hour and 15 minutes and is also an $85 value.

Founder, Renee Diak-Witek just moved her Skin Wellness Facial Salon to a new location at Studio St. Claire, 118 Wool Street in Barrington.

Renee’s facials are completely customized to your skin type and include skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, 20 minute facial massage and an anti aging mask.  For more information, visit skinwellnessbyrenee.skincaretherapy.net.

Here’s a photo Tatjana entered into our contest…

On the porch - Submitted by mom, Tatjana
On the porch – Submitted by mom, Tatjana

Elissa Brebach Wins a Manicure & Pedicure at Avalon

Post 200 - Avalon Salon and Day SpaElissa will receive a manicure and pedicure from Avalon Salon and Day Spa, courtesy of Avalon and Deer Park Town Center, a $75 value!

Avalon is an AVEDA Lifestyle Salon located at Deer Park Town Center that is open seven days a week and houses over fifty trained professionals.  For more information, visit AvalonDeerPark.com.

Here’s a photo Elissa entered into our contest…

Nina has been looking forward to her kindergarten bus all summer - Submitted by mom, Elissa
Nina has been looking forward to her kindergarten bus all summer – Submitted by mom, Elissa

Congratulations to our winners and THANK YOU to all who entered our contest and contributed their personal photos to our Back-to-school Community Album here at 365Barrington.com. Within the next week, we’ll be in touch with the winners and send prizes by mail.

In the meantime, here’s one last look at our all of our entries and the album in it’s entirety. Don’t let those kids hit the books too hard this weekend! There’s still a little bit of summer left to savor.

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