Tonganoxie Grandparents Day festivities draw huge crowds again
The grandparents outnumbered the grandchildren Friday at Tonganoxie Elementary School.
Enrollment at the school is 838 students for grades kindergarten through fifth, but some 854 family members visited for the annual Grandparents Day festivities.
Cars were parked everywhere as grandparents visited students at both Tonganoxie Middle School and Tonganoxie Elementary School.
TMS welcomed grandparents for festivities in the morning and TES did the same in the afternoon.
“We always have a really great turnout for Grandparents Day,” said Marcia Munsell, TES assistant principal.
Friday marked the first Grandparents Day at the new elementary school, though Janice Stambaugh of Tonganoxie has been attending the event for several years.
Stambaugh was negotiating a hula hoop alongside her granddaughter Tessa Shriner, a TES second-grader. Stambaugh said she always looks forward to Grandparents Day with her husband, Larry. They have 11 grandchildren total.
As they finished up activities in the school’s auxiliary gymnasium, Stambaugh commented on the new school.
“It’s very nice,” she said. “You can almost get lost here.”
Nearby, second-grader Aden Bundy was playing a game of Twister as his grandmother, Joyce Bundy of Tonganoxie, looked on.
“I just think it’s wonderful to spend time with the grandkids,” Joyce Bundy said.
Josh Duvall, a classmate of Aden’s, played Twister with him.
Josh’s grandfather, Gary Dunlap, heads east every year from Salina for the festivities.
“We wouldn’t miss it,” Dunlap said.
Dunlap noted that it’s a treat to see all the grandchildren, as Joe Duvall is in fourth grade and Jack Duvall in sixth grade.
“I like to see how they interact with other children and see their maturity levels … watch them grow,” Dunlap said.
School officials staggered dismissal times by grades to help alleviate traffic so all grandparents weren’t leaving the school simultaneously.