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
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.
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.
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.)
Grandbuddies loved their Memory Books and were very proud
of the young authors who published them. The children were
just as proud of themselves!
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.
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
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.
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.
pictures of the follow-up vist from the Grandbuddies by clicking
1 | Simulation Centers
| Meeting 2 | Meeting
3 | Final Meeting
of the Project
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