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.
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.
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.
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 ;)).
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…
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!…
We even had a few high schoolers in the mix. One actually let her mom take her photo on school premises (gasp! 😮 😳 :wink:)…
…And others were running to catch the bus, in true high school style.
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
Spa 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…
Tatjana Bergman Wins a Skin Wellness by Renee Ultimate Radiance Facial
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…
Elissa Brebach Wins a Manicure & Pedicure at Avalon
Elissa 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…
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.