Our school had just purchased a bunch of HP laptops for a laptop cart and of course each one came in it’s own cardboard box complete with handle. The assessment manager sent out an email saying that the leftover boxes were available and I jumped on it. I printed off some recorder karate graphics, laminated big pieces of construction paper, printed our the names of the classroom teachers, and voila! A way to get things to and from without causing problems. The recorder graphics I used were free when I purchased the Recorder Karate book (which is awesome... more to come on that later). You can get the RK book on Music K-8's website and I think that you can download the graphics there too. It's been a while since I did that.
It was sort of a magical solution to a logistical problem that I had been dreading. I’ve used these briefcases for three years now and I just have to give them a little TLC at the beginning and end of a recorder unit to keep them up. My ONLY problem is that I have 11 working briefcases and my administrators are talking about adding a second section to the upper grades next year… meaning that I’ll need 12 briefcases! Guess I’ll have to worry about that hurdle when I come to it. :D