What Smells Do You Remember From School?

What smells do you remember from your school days? Chalk, pencils, B.O.??

Click below for results taken from 2,500 person survey.

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  1. I can’t say I’ve ever thought about it but I would agree chalk would be high on my list. But interesting I bit for our kids it will be dry erase makers!

  2. Oil…from food frying in the lunch room!

  3. That cheap pulp mill paper that we had back then and mimeograph ink – oh man I’m aging myself here!

  4. Glue. That’s the only distinct smell that comes to mind. 🙂

  5. Library books! I remember walking in the school library and it was like a wall hit you with the smell.

  6. Crayons, for sure.

  7. Oh my, I’m drawing a blank, I can’t remember a particular smell from school. Asphalt really? No!!!

  8. I remember the smell of new erasers LOL