Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Grandparents descend on TES

September 12, 2007

The move of fifth- and sixth-graders to the new middle school didn't affect the number of Tonganoxie grandparents that came to visit grandchildren at the Tonganoxie Elementary School's annual Grandparents Day.

More than 466 grandparents spent two hours Friday participating in the early-morning lessons and even the recess of children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Tammie George, TES principal, said she was happy this year's event attracted such a big turnout.

"We were thinking it would be quite a bit lower, but it was much larger than I thought it was going to be," George said. "It was very popular and neat experience to see the kids get excited about their grandparents being there."

George said she appreciated how the grandparents got involved in the activities. For instance in Janet Falk's music class, a game of musical freeze soon became a dance party. Grandparents also were official repetition counters during gym class.

Kenny and Linda Forsberg came to visit Haley Vaughan in third grade, Cody Smith in second grade and Colby Smith in kindergarten. Some of their favorite activities for the day were bingo and when the kids made bug suits with their names.

The Grandparents Day event was in honor of National Grandparents Day, which took place Sunday.

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