I bought a burlap tote at Joann's (on sale even!) and fabric paint. I went into the classroom (secretly on a day the teacher was absent) and helped the children stamp their hand prints onto the tote. The tote was the perfect size - the front and back was just enough space for the 17 students in her class. After the paint was completely dry, I wrote their names below each of their hand prints. (I made sure to take note of who's hand was who's while stamping.)
I hope she gets good use out of the bag - holding her lunch, transporting papers or simply carrying a good book and sunscreen to the beach this summer. I also hope it reminds her of a group of students that love her dearly and are forever impacted by her gift of teaching.
Thank you for a wonderful year, Mrs. Ferguson!