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Multiple generations tour Eagle Creek Elementary

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - A great-grandmother, mother, and daughter enjoy juice and cookies in the cafeteria.The Eagle Creek Elementary parking lot was packed as generations of family members arrived to make the most of Grandparents Day with students on Wednesday, April 24.

Children led their grandparents through the proudly displayed science project boards that lined the halls.

The library was packed with students excitedly showing family members through the book fair.

In the cafeteria, students discussed their favorite parts of the day with their grandparents over juice and cookies.

Third-grader Grant Nelson’s favorite part of the day was getting to plant seeds in paper cups. He got to plant watermelon seeds while his brother Caleb got to plant beans with his first-grade class.

Their grandmother, Diane Nelson, asked if the seeds they had planted last year had grown. The boys told her “no.”

One classroom was devoted to card-making.

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The grandparents watch recess hijinks.Tim Merrill helped his granddaughter, Abby Behrman, a kindergartner, draw grass on her card. When asked what her favorite part of Grandparents Day was she said, “Where my grandma and grandpa get to come with me.”

Al Jossi, age 83, laughed, “I think I’m the oldest grandpa here.” Having grown up on a farm, he enjoyed seeing the school’s garden.

On the playground, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents basked in the sun and watched the kids play.

Juli Hager watched her grandson Alex climb the jungle gym. He asked if she had jungle gyms when she was a kid. Hager’s elementary school had only had monkey bars, a merry-go-round and a swing.

Hager said she was enjoying her first Grandparents Day and her favorite part of the day was when Alex made his sister a birthday card in the card-making room.

Diana Narozniak watched her fifth-grade grandson and a group of students whirl around on a tire swing. She said just watching made her dizzy.

“This is great. They have such a wonderful school. Beautiful day,” she said.

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Juli Hager watches her grandson Alex play on the jungle gym.

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