I recently bought a pretty giant stuffed Gizmo (from Gremlins fame). He is adorable albeit perhaps in a slightly grotesque way. My 1st grade partner told me I should send him home every Friday to the student of the week. She said her daughter's 1st grade teacher did this years ago and the student had to also write about what they did with the stuffed animal over the weekend. I generally like the idea but I have some concerns: 1. Will some kid lose it? 2. How dirty will it get? I can imagine the grass stains and dirt marks on it already as kids take it to the playground. Maybe I can prevent some of this by telling the parents to keep it indoors at all times and away from pets? (But then again, what are the odds one family or two forget the rule....) 3. I kind of would like to have him as a class mascot for several years, over a decade even, if I last that long at this grade level. I feel giving him out each week will only diminish his longevity... but then again, I'm sure the memories of a child taking a giant Gizmo home might be something they remember for life... and it could even help instill some responsibilities. Any thoughts?