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Grandparents share 'short but sweet' time with preschoolers

Cary Ashby • Sep 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

WILLARD — Taylyn Pugh shook her head when asked if the paint felt strange on her hand.

The 4-year-old daughter of Tim Pugh and Alisha Clark was doing an art project with one of her grandmothers, Janet Clark, of Willard. Across the table from them was her paternal grandma, Connie Smith.

Tuesday was grandparents day in the Willard preschool classrooms of teachers Kali Beck and Renee White. Their educational aides are Kim Blanchard and Angie Gahring and their special education assistant is Jamie Parker.

The grandparents and preschoolers first had a snack. Then they worked on the art project in which they placed their painted hands on construction paper with a poem. 

“It’s special,” said Smith, who was in her granddaughter’s classroom for the first time. “I hope she learns a lot (this year).”

Smith and Clark agreed their time with their granddaughter was a fun experience.

“Short but sweet,” Clark said.

Norwalk resident Terri Farmer also enjoyed being with her granddaughter, Aubree Widener, the 4-year-old daughter of Brittany Hartman. She calls her grandmother “Nana.”

“Oh my gosh — it’s wonderful,” said Farmer, who spends time with her granddaughter on the weekends.

Silas Keller had two special guests with him Tuesday — his grandfather, Shane Schimpff, and his great-grandmother, Carol Lofland, both of Willard.

“It’s a pretty cool experience to see his classroom and a do a craft with him,” Schimpff said. “One of many bonding experiences.”

White was pleased with the turnout.

“This is the first year we’ve done it and we’ll do it again. I feel like the grandparents really enjoy it and the kids like showing off their room,” the teacher said.

After the project, the students could be taken home or spend time on the playground. Taylyn Pugh walked down the hallway with both of her grandmothers — a hand holding each of theirs.

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