Grandparents have their day at Hillsboro Elementary School

>Xavier Ratzlaff enjoys his meal with his grandfather, Glenn Ratzlaff.<p><p>
>Xavier Ratzlaff enjoys his meal with his grandfather, Glenn Ratzlaff.<p><p>
by Becki Yoder

Special to The Free Press

Grandparents were part of the lunch menu Thurs­day, Nov. 30, for both preschool classes at Hillsboro Elemen­tary School

Lunch with Grand­parents was started four years ago by Ashley Sheri­dan, preschool teacher, who felt it was important and meaningful for children to have their grandparents come to school and share lunch together.

“Every year we have a great turnout of grandparents and even a few great-grandparents,” Sheridan said. “The kids have been excited this week. We have been counting the days.”

The event is important not only to the children but also to the grandparents. Amy Larson, grandmother of Preston Larson, made a three-hour trek from Pleasanton.

Rose Stimac and grandson Wesley Fenske look for a place to sit to enjoy their meal and their visit.
Rose Stimac and grandson Wesley Fenske look for a place to sit to enjoy their meal and their visit.

“I left about 8:30 a.m. so I could arrive by 11:30 a.m.,” Larson said. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Glenn Ratzlaff enjoyed lunch with grandson Xavier Ratzlaff. Xavier is one of Glenn’s 20 grandchildren, 13 of whom live in Hillsboro.

“I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve done this,” Ratzlaff said with a chuckle. Lunch concluded with an energetic serenade of two songs by the preschoolers.

Sheridan summed it up this way: “It was a great day. The kids enjoyed it. I always love meeting the grandparents.”