Grandparents Day at Holly Hall Elementary
by Lisa Tome
With less than 12 hours notice, Zeborah Harmon was able to shift her work commitments and get her hair done.
Harmon said any trouble she went to was well worth the effort.
The quick salon trip and schedule change can be attributed to Harmon's grandson, Zyrell White. White, a fourth grader at Holly Hall Elementary School, wanted his grandmother to attend Bagel Buddies - breakfast for children and their grandparents at the school. He invited Harmon at the last minute and she did what she needed to in order to get there.
"He called me at the ninth hour. Whenever he calls, I am there. He plays sports and gets straight As. We are so proud of him," said Harmon.
Grandparents and the younger generation sat side by side on Wednesday morning in the school cafeteria. They visited, colored pictures, and decorated leaves with a Thanksgiving "I am Thankful" message. They feasted on bagels, muffins, and milk.
Stan "Pappy" Baldwin accompanied his grandchildren, Greg Kortash and Morgan Duran to the breakfast. "I take time off for the grandkids. They are our future. I want to enlighten their future. I am involved in their studies and school. I love my boys," said Baldwin.
He also shared the advice that he gives to all his six grandsons (he also has a granddaughter). "I tell them 'Use your melon and be nice to the girls'," said Baldwin.
Ginny Foster made an event of the school breakfast. Foster traveled to Elkton from her home in Felton, Pa. - about 60 miles. She came to Cecil the night before and spent the night with her family and grandson, Eric Rand, Jr. before heading to the school in the morning.
"I love it. I'd do it in a heartbeat," said Foster.
Olivia Adkins, 9, described her grandmother, Dianne Coulbourne. "She's awesome. She's very fun. She's fun when I hang out over at her house," said Adkins, as she snuggled next to Coulbourne.
Coulbourne works as a human resources analyst. She said that grandparents having breakfast with their grandkids was important. "I will go to work late. I had to reschedule a few things but it was worth it," added Coulbourne.
Russ Burchfield accompanied kindergarten student Eli Wilson to the breakfast. "If you give me a choice to be here or at work, I will be here everyday. That's a no brainer," said Burchfield.
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