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.
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
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