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In honor of Grandparents Day, Plato Elementary and Delta Head Start at Will Rogers Pre-K opened their doors to the nanas, the papa, the mimis, the poppies and all other grandparents Friday.
Although the two schools had Grandparents’ Day on the same day, the schools celebrated at different times during the day. For Plato students, Grandparents Day began at the beginning of the school day, while the grandchildren in the Head Start program had grandparents present at the end of the day.
Plato’s school day began with a program in the school’s gym. During the program, various grades performed songs for their grandparents. The program wrapped with a presentation of awards to the grandparents.
The awards included grandparents who work or have worked at Plato, grandparents who went to school at Plato, oldest grandparent who graduated from Plato, most grandchildren at Plato, grandparent who traveled the farthest, youngest grandparent and oldest grandparent.
Only one grandparent present worked for Plato, and that was second-grade teacher Cathy Duke. There were two grandparents who had attended Plato Elementary, and Duncan Board of Education member Chris Deal was the only grandparent to complete his elementary schooling at Plato.
Several grandparents had four grandchildren attending Plato, and the youngest grandparent was 41 years old.
When it came to the oldest grandparent, it was Ben Lokey, third-grade teacher Dilynn Hare’s grandfather, who topped everyone at 98 years old.
Hare wasn’t the only grandparent of a Plato teacher at the school Friday. Abby Leonard’s grandparents Paul and Betty Walker were visiting Leonard’s cousins who attend Plato Elementary.
Hare and Leonard said it was nice getting to see their grandparents on Grandparents Day at the school.
“It’s gone pretty smooth,” Plato Principal John Millirons said. “We always have a huge crowd.”
If parking was any indication, the parking lot was full, and cars lined Country Club Road.
Delta Head Start students got to see their grandparents around 2 p.m. Friday. Their grandparents got to see them play learning games, which was followed by each child giving his or her grandparents a tour of the classroom.
For Plato and Head Start, all classrooms were full of participating parents, grandparents and various other family members.