I came across this post on a German tradition called Schultüte that I just adore!
A Schultüte, or 'School Cone' is also known as a Zuckertüte or 'sugar bag.' When children in Germany set off for their first day in school upon entering first grade, their parents and/or grandparents present them with a big cardboard cone...prettily decorated and filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies and various other goodies. It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter.
I think we need to adopt this tradition in America! What a fun way to celebrate the first day of school.
Information on Schultüte and bottom two pictures via Wikipedia
Top four pictures and inspiration from My Other Room