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Like father, like daughter

Ellie Finn offers advice to Fountaindale first-graders like her dad, Randy Finn, did 35 years ago at the same school

August 18, 2013
  • Ellie Finn will be a second-grader at Fountaindale Elementary School in Hagerstown. Her dad, Randy Finn, was a second-grader at the school 35 years ago.
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In September 1978, The Herald-Mail newspaper sent a reporter to Fountaindale Elementary School to do a back-to-school story.

Her assignment was to ask second-graders what advice they would give to first-graders. One of the students interviewed was second-grader Randy Finn.

Randy said he would tell first-graders “to be good and be quiet in reading so other people can work.”

Teacher Phyllis Stowell’s second-graders took time out of their first day of school that day to give the advice.

Now, 35 years later, Randy Finn’s daughter, Ellie, is going into second grade at the same school — Fountaindale Elementary.

When asked what advice she would give first-graders as schools open Wednesday, she said, “I think they should learn the United States song like I learned from Mrs. White (at Potomac Heights Elementary) in kindergarten. They also need to be good listeners and not interrupt their teacher.”

Ellie Finn is the daughter of Randy and Anita Finn of Hagerstown, and the granddaughter of Roger and Edith Finn of Hagerstown.

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Edith Finn saved the article all of these years.

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