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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Lincoln Elementary students bridge the generation gap

  • Parents and grandparents went back to elementary school Friday afternoon to see how much education has changed over the years.
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  • Parents and grandparents went back to elementary school Friday afternoon to see how much education has changed over the years.
    Lincoln Elementary School had its annual Grandparents' Day Friday. The students' older relatives got to see a slice of what a typical day of school looks like, as well as the kinds of things their students do in class.
    Jenny Wiens, a first-grade teacher at Lincoln, said it helps older generations understand what the students experience in school.
    “They get to come share time with them in schools,” Wiens said. “It helps them imagine what their kids' days are like.”
    Adults visiting Wiens' class were able to participate in crafts, songs and dice games. Wiens' students also showed the adults their first-grade website.
    “I get to see their teachers and classroom and visualize what they do,” said Annette Elder, who visited Ethan Elder's first-grade class.
    Every grade participated in Grandparents' Day, including fifth-graders celebrating their graduation from the D.A.R.E. program. Those students were able to share essays and skits about drug avoidance techniques they had learned and goals they had set during the program.
    Susan Smith, who visited first-grader Amelia Smith, said she loves the opportunity to visit the school.
    “I think it's great,” she said. “I love seeing where she is and what she's doing.”
    Amelia Smith said her favorite part was reading and showing off her artwork.
    For Vlad Peters, second grade, it was a chance to talk about his achievements.
    “You get to show what you've been doing,” Peters said.
    His visitors were Tom and Brenda Peters, who also visited Vlad's younger brother, Dmitri. Tom Peters said he gave a presentation on Native Americans recently and was glad current students have the chance to learn about many different topics.
    “We didn't get to study Indians in school,” Tom Peters said. “This is a great chance to see what all the kids are studying.”
    Wiens said the event has generally been a positive one.
    “There's a lot of smiles,” she said.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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