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A sense of community

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SCHOOL WORK:MaKalynn Goff, shows her grandparents, Terri Goff, left, and Kurt Brant, right, an activity during Grandparents Day at Clinton Central Elementary School.
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BOOKS WITH GRANDMA:Sally Mooneyhan hangs out with grandsons Bentlee, left, and Gabriel, right in the library at Clinton Central Elementary during Grandparents Day. “I enjoy seeing them in their class and meeting their teachers and friends,” Mooneyhan said.
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QUALITY TIME:Corbin Crick spends time with his grandmother, Kathy Krick, at Clinton Central’s Grandparents Day on Tuesday.

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com

MICHIGANTOWN — The Clinton Central community is a close-knit one and it was certainly on display Tuesday afternoon.

Clinton Central Elementary held its annual Grandparents Day with close to 1,000 grandparents taking part in what Aubree Smith said is the biggest event of the school year.

“Our community is a very tight-knit community,” said Smith, who is assistant principal. “Families like to be involved in their children’s education. We promote that.”

Smith estimated the school saw between 800 and 1,000 grandparents Tuesday. The assistant principal said every parking space at the elementary school was occupied and some had to park at the high school and in the grass. A bus shuttled grandparents to and from the school.

“We surely had more than last year,” Smith said.

Hallways and classrooms were abuzz as students showed their grandparents around. Many students took the time to point themselves out and their friends on the class pictures posted in the hallways.

It was in the hallways where one could get a sense of the tight-knit community at Clinton Central. While students said hello to their friends they would pass, grandparents would do the same.

Pats on the back, handshakes, “How have you been?” between grandparents was a common scene as students and their elders walked together.

Grandparents of kindergartners were treated to a musical performance while other students took their grandparents to the book fair.

Kathy Crick spent the afternoon with her grandson Corbin Crick, 8.

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Kathy said. “It’s fun to see what they do and how they’re doing.”

Kathy can’t recall the number of years she’s been coming to Grandparents Day. But to put it in perspective, she said her oldest grandchild is in their late 20s.

Terri Goff and Kurt Brant spent the day with their granddaughter, MaKalynn Goff.

Brant said he received a phone call from MaKalynn Tuesday morning about coming to Grandparents Day.

“She’ll keep him busy at the book fair,” Terri said.

Third grade teacher Heather Snyder welcomed a number of grandparents into her classroom. Taking time between attending to her students, she spoke with grandparents about how their students were doing.

“I think it gives a sense of community,” she said, adding that she too saw grandparents chatting with one another. “It gives the kids the same sense of community as well.”

Smith said Grandparents Day gives her a chance to hear the stories of those who have walked the halls of Clinton Central before.

“It’s neat to hear the stories of the generations of people who went to Clinton Central,” she said.

The special day ended with many students getting to go home with their grandparents, adding one more memory to a day that was filled with them.