The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Grandparents’ Day

  • When asked what they did during their school day, it’s not uncommon for children to respond with, “I don’t know” or “nothing.”
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  • When asked what they did during their school day, it’s not uncommon for children to respond with, “I don’t know” or “nothing.”
    Grandparents of Eisenhower Elementary School children, however, were provided the opportunity to see the answers to those questions firsthand. The school hosted their annual Grandparents’ Day Wednesday, allowing visitors for lunch and a stop at the library's book fair. Kindergarteners also were able to show their relatives their new classroom with much enthusiasm.
    More than 100 visitors made an appearance during the day, some from McPherson and others traveling farther to be with their little ones.
    “They don’t normally get to see their grandkids in school, so it’s a lot of fun,” Craig Marshall, principal, said between wiping tables. “I think it’s important for other family members to support the kids in a variety of ways.”
    Wally and Cindy Bunk of Marquette have participated in this special day several times, and this year were sitting with their second-grade and fifth-grade grandchildren for a more traditional lunch.
    “We're not here every day, so it’s special,” Wally said. “It’s nice they’re proud to have us be here and show off they have grandparents.”
    Ann Zaudae traveled more than two hours from Kansas City to visit her grandchildren. Kindergartener Emme Wince said she enjoyed showing her grandmother her purple center and reading a science book to her.
    “I don’t get to see her very much, so it’s a special day,” Wince said.
    “To me, coming here is my way of showing them I want to be involved and support their school,” Zaudae said.
    Surrounding lunch time, the families also explored the library's book fair. Larry and Dalene Werner of McPherson have participated in this special day for many of their grandchildren. Dalene was especially pleased to encourage reading
    “I love to read, and I hope that’s a gift all my grandchildren can have,” she said.
    Marshall said he enjoyed seeing the students and grandparents interact.
    “These are people that are important to the kids, and to see them here is very special,” he said.
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