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Our final meeting took place at Copeland Oaks in another community building. The students were eager to see this building because the Grandbuddies had told them this one had a pool. They were quite disappointed to hear that we wouldn't be swimming however! We took along our newly bound Memory Books to present to the Grandbuddies.

All of the Grandbuddies were waiting when the school bus pulled up to the doors of the community building at Copeland Oaks. The students poured off the bus and made straight for their buddies amidst excited chatter and hugs. Everyone gathered in the meeting room where a surprise treat from the Copeland Oaks residents was waiting for the students.

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I scream...you scream...we ALL screamed for ICE CREAM! The Grandbuddies passed out yummy, messy, chocolate ice cream bars to everyone as their treat to the children. The students were absolutely delighted, and the teachers were quite happy to find out that we were included too! Before we started off on our tour of this new location everyone chatted and tried to eat our ice cream before it melted.

After all of the chocolate was washed off faces and hands, the Grandbuddies took their Little Buddies off to see the swimming pool and the lake. The students were STILL hoping for a dip in the big swimming pool, but settled for walking by the lake and seeing all of the geese that also make their home at Copeland Oaks.

Back to the meeting room to tend to business! The students and their Grandbuddies filled out a Venn diagram showing how they were alike and different together. Our Grandbuddies drew on their hidden talents when they were asked to draw a portrait of their Little Buddies in the Memory Books. (The students had already completed their drawings of the adults previously.)

The Grandbuddies loved their Memory Books and were very proud of the young authors who published them. The children were just as proud of themselves!

Since everyone had such a good time singing and dancing during our third meeting, the teachers decided another performance was in order. This time we all sang "Skinamarink" and the students taught their Grandbuddies the motions that went along with the song.

Skinamarinky dinky dink, Skinamarinky doo: I love you.
Skinamarinky dinky dink, Skinamarinky doo: I love you.
I love you in the morning, and in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon
Skinamarinky dinky dink, Skinamarinky doo....I LOVE YOU
(I really mean it) I LOVE YOU TOO BOO BOOPY DOO

Before we knew it, it was time to board the bus and head back to school. Everyone was sad to know that it was our last time together, but faces brightened when the teachers announced that all of the Grandbuddies were invited to a special production of the students' Spring performance in a few short weeks. Smiles grew even bigger when everyone heard that Mrs. Takacs, our school cook, had issued an invitation to all of the Grandbuddies to come eat lunch with us any time they wished. We left with lots of hugs, a few tears, and a camera full of pictures to help us remember this special meeting. View the pictures by clicking here.

The Grandbuddies visited Greentown Elementary School again in May for a special presentation of First Graders performing "Stone Soup - A Rock Opera," much to the delight of all involved.
View pictures of the follow-up vist from the Grandbuddies by clicking here.

Meeting 1 | Simulation Centers | Meeting 2 | Meeting 3 | Final Meeting
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