Back in my tight-rolled jeans and GI Joe Lunchbox days, few things put a gleam in my eye like back to school supply shopping. There was something magical about getting a new Trapper Keeper with hand-picked folders that featured everything from Lamborghinis and Pac-Man to Alf and Garfield. The Trapper Keeper was a student’s survival pack, so it had to have all essential items for any situation. Letter stencil page with protractor extension? Check. Plastic pencil pouch? Check. Metric measures cheat sheet? Check. Sweet Knight Rider-themed spiral notebook? Check. Even if I was naked and afraid, I could be dropped in the middle of any school wilderness and emerge victorious over the elements. I still remember my favorite Trapper Keeper: it brandished a hot purple cover with the words Video Rock written in bold, purple neon colors. The epitome of cool.
Fast forward 20 years and times have changed. The real Trapper Keeper has been retired to the School Supplies Hall of Fame and i’m constantly updated by my students on what the new Trapper Keeper is. This year’s supply of choice is an item that is reflecting the changing demographics of our country. I truly believe that by 2025, when Hispanics are no longer a minority in the U.S, this school supply will be on the list of every elementary teacher’s supply list.
What is the Trapper Keeper of the future?
Behold el futuro… the Burrito Pencil Pouch:
No Spanish required… but good taste is. It’s time to Learn Mas. Buen provecho.