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Students share tradition with the great and grand

November 23, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

HEDGESVILLE, W.VA.

trishr@herald-mail.com

About 100 grandparents and some great-grandparents joined the Pleasant View Elementary School students for a special lunch at the Morgan County, W.Va., school last week.

The annual Grandparents Thanksgiving luncheon has been been a school tradition for about 10 years, said Nicole Fox, the school principal.

The lunchroom and the tables set up outside the room were decorated with fall-colored leaves, gourds and hand-decorated placemats made by the students.

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Hand-wrapped mint favors were donated by Coolfont ReCreation in Berkeley Springs, Fox said.

Connie Wilson, the head cook, has been cooking at Pleasant View Elementary School since 1995. She and her staff prepared the traditional turkey feast for 234 people. The meal included eight turkey roasts and 240 miniature pumpkin pies.

"It was very nice," she said.

Wilson said she has lived in the Pleasant View community all her life and attended the elementary school.

"It's a lot of work, but I enjoy doing it," she said.

Fox said Wilson received the Morgan County Schools Extra Miler award in 2003 for coordinating the Grandparents Thanksgiving luncheons.

Iva Lou Breeden is a school volunteer and grandparent of two students at Pleasant View.

"I think the luncheon is wonderful because it's a way of reaching out to the community. Many schools put the emphasis on the parents, but this school reaches out to grandparents, too," she said.

Nancy Hendershot, grandmother and Pleasant View Elementary School bus driver, said, "The kids are proud that their grandparents can take the time to come to the luncheon.

"They show them off," she said.

"This is a community event and most grandparents come every year. It's like a family here," Hendershot said.

First-grader Alec Martin enjoyed having a special Thanksgiving lunch with his great-grandparents, William and Dorothy Kerler. This is the first year they attended, Dorothy Kerler said.

"It's special because I love you," Martin said to them.

"Grandparents have given so much to their children and grandchildren that it only seems right to give back to them," Fox said.

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