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By Cynthia Haggitt
Many schools invite students to bring their grandparents with them to school at least one day during the school year and Calhoun Elementary School(CES) has their students’ grandparents visit the school in a long honored traditional visit that has been occurring for the past 17 years.
On Friday, Sept. 24, CES’s gymnasium was packed with an older generation sitting and waiting to watch their grandchildren perform. When the program began the CES honored the students’ grandparents with a special recognition award. There were five awards given and they went to:
The Youngest Grandmother under 39
• Grandma Molly.
The Youngest Grandfather
• Tony Friedel, who is 47.
The Oldest Grandmother’s award
• Jean Lorton, who will turn 90 on Oct. 23
The Oldest Grandfather’s award
• Ed Benz
The Grandparents who traveled the furthest
• Ric and Joe, who traveled 310 miles to the program.
The Grandparents(Male/Female) with the most grandchildren/great children(there was 66)
• Ed Benz
• Jean Lorton
Here is an interesting fact: the Lortons and Bemzes share grandchildren and great grandchildren through the Benzes’ side of the family.
The students performed three songs by providing a dance number and singing along to familiar tunes that were based off of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” The Barney theme song of “I Love You” and the Grandparent Rap that was originally created by a friend of CES’s music teacher Lindsey Waters.
“Overall, The experience is enjoyable for students, grandparents, and teachers! We have been doing this kind of show for as long as I can remember. We even did a performance when I went to school here. Everyone loves it and it is a tradition,” Waters said.