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Bush Elementary has good turnout for grandparents day

Bush Elementary has good turnout for grandparents day

September 10th, 2017 by Jenny Gray in Local News

Izabella Bridges makes a bookmark for her great aunt, Maggie Hawkins, during Grandparents Day Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2017 at Bush Elementary.

Photo by Jenny Gray /Fulton Sun.

Beaming smiles on the faces of Bush Elementary students as they welcomed their grandparents to their hallways told the whole story Friday morning.

This is why the Fulton School District hosts this event.

"It's awesome," Izabella Bridges, a third-grade student in Kim Jones' classroom, said.

Her great-aunt and uncle, Maggie and Jack Hawkins, visited her while her grandmother, Louise Bridges, visited with her fifth-grade sister Elizabeth in another classroom.

"I like it very much because they mean a lot to me," said Izabella, cuddling against Maggie Hawkins' shoulder. "And we get to spoil her a little bit more," Maggie added.

In past years, grandparents day was an evening activity. This year's morning event had a much bigger turnout.

"(Visitors) have traveled from all over the state, and as far away as Illinois," Bush Elementary Principal Lynne Engle said.

Preparations occurred all week.

"The kids made cards and posters and poems this week," she added. "They get to see what our normal mornings are like."

Showing off new technology is one component of the event, but in teacher Allison Abitz' second-grade classroom, student Ava Jolly was reading a book while wedged between her grandparents, Jim and Diane Chinn.

"She's beginning to read to us a little bit more," Jim Chinn said. "She's doing really well."

Student Michael Cole was participating in a family history quiz with his grandparents, Darrell and Teresa Leeber.

"He asked us what was school like when you were a kid, and we said, 'No electric,'" Darrell Leeber said while laughing.

Abitz said grandparents day is special.

"It's just nice because (teachers) get to know more about students' families," she said.

According to Engle, Bush Elementary has a volunteer grandparents program. She said they help a lot.

"We always have a need," she said. "They are beneficial in helping with reading and writing. There's lots of opportunity here. We're definitely open to them coming."