Students Celebrate Grandparents Day at Kate Goodrich Elementary
Story By Hayley Tenpas
MERRILL - You may have heard your grandparents tell a story that goes something like this, sack lunches, a one room schoolhouses and they walked 2 miles up hill both ways to get to school.
Those are some of the memories grandparent's shared at today's Grandparent's Day at Kate Goodrich Elementary in Merrill.
For the 12th straight year, first grade students showed their grandmas and grandpas around the classrooms.
The grandparents were also treated to a special presentiation.
Teacher Denise Ziech says it's just as much fun for the grandparents as it is the kids.
"I've had comments from grandparents after the program, and thank you cards, and they love it when they're here. They love the opportunity to spend time with their grandchild at school," said Ziech.
Ziech says the day lets the kids work on their reading and language arts skills.
They write, edit and re-write all their own stories for the program.
For some, it's the best day of the year.
"It's fun to have the children up on stage, it's fun to have them shine and be proud and happy their grandparents are here. And several times afterward, the children will say, this was the best day of the school year," said Ziech.
Grandparents day will continue at Kate Goodrich Elementary throughout the week.
MADISON - A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander can keep pictures of children he cut out of magazines.
A state appeals court dismissed new charges against Albert Chagnon Thursday.
Prosecutors charged the 33-year-old last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. Chagnon was about to be released from prison when a guard discovered a notebook in his pants containing photographs of fully-clothed young girls cut out of magazines or newspapers, including the Lakeland Times.
Chagnon argued that the charges should be dismissed because he didn't take the photographs. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him Thursday, saying state law doesn't cover Chagnon's conduct.
WAUSAU - The Wausau School District will use a large grant to renovate the school's planetarium. The current Wausau School District planetarium was built in the late 1960s, and it needs some upgrades.
The school just received a $230 thousand grant to complete the project. It is expected to take two years to complete.
"The first year is running the software, showing it, using it in our classrooms in our curriculum," said planetarium director Chris Janssen. "Finding out, 'is this going to work 100% of the time?' Year two then is going to be the actual, physical structure upgrades. The dome will get replaced, seats, cement contractors will come in and tilt the floor and so-on."
The planetarium can hold 54 people, and organizers are hoping to keep it that way.
"For curricular needs, when you have two classes come in, and the classes are about 26 kids each, you gotta have that sweet spot of about 50-54 seats. When you tilt the floor, you lose some space, so I really want to try and keep it at about 50 seats."
RHINELANDER - A Norther Lights Tour scientist explained Rhinelander's role in potato breeding and genetic studies on Wednesday night.
Every year about 50,000 varieties of potato are tested to see if they could be commercially sold.
Only about one in a 100,000 will become a named potato variety.
"The Rhinelander agriculture research station on Highway C is really where that process starts by making the cross pollination, raising those plants for the first time in a greenhouse and then evaluating them in the fields there for a couple years," said UW- Madison Assistant Professor of Horticulture Jeffry Endelman.
WESCOTT - The body of a man who jumped in a Shawano County lake to rescue his 10-year-son has been recovered.
The body was found after authorities resumed a search of Shawano Lake early Thursday.
Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber says the boy was tubing on the lake without a lifejacket Wednesday and lost his grip while trying to get back on a pontoon boat. Bieber says the boy's father jumped in the water, and the boat carrying the boy's grandfather and 9-year-old brother drifted away.
Sheriff's officials found the 10-year-old boy in the water near a buoy.
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