Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Basehor-Linwood students spend time with grandparents

September 14, 2006

It was a day for reminiscing.

On Friday, grandparents visited Basehor-Linwood elementary schools and related stories about bell-bottoms, five-cent candy bars and country schoolhouses.

Basehor and Glenwood Ridge Elementary third-grade students invited their grandparents, and Linwood Elementary invited fourth- and fifth-grade students' grandparents.

"Grandparent's Day is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see the value in learning through relationships," said Suzette Downing, BES third grade teacher. "Building a bridge between the past and present is often difficult for all of us. On Grandparent's Day, bridges are built. It is a beautiful thing to see."

Grandparents traveled from near and far to attend the activities.

"We got up early this morning and drove three hours to be here," said Mary Rigdon, grandmother of Linwood Elementary students Erin and Natalie Rigdon. "Seeing them is worth every minute though."

Each elementary school had different activities planned for the day. Basehor Elementary School grandparents enjoyed a game of Grandparents Bingo, family trees, grandparent stories, recess and lunch.

"Grandma is special because she lets us spend the night and makes me feel awesome, special and good," said Madilyn Osterhaus about her grandmother Carol Gaster in her grandparent story.

Third-grade students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary welcomed grandparents to school with handmade cards, cookies and drinks. Third grade teacher Betsy Hermreck welcomed everyone with a short history of Grandparents Day.

"The purpose of Grandparent's Day is to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer," said Hermreck.

Linwood Elementary students worked with grandparents to fill out "Remember Back In Time" books. Grandparents answered questions from "What was your favorite subject in school?" to "How much did a soda pop cost?"

Student also served their grandparents cookies, tea and lemonade.

And Friday truly was a day for generations.

"I have had seven children come through Linwood schools, and now I have a grandchildren here," said Karyn Walker, grandmother of LES fifth-grader Maggie Stiltner.

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