special friends at Hemingway
Express Staff Writer
citizens found themselves back in the fifth grade at Ernest Hemingway
Elementary School in Ketchum last Wednesday.
Roos, center, is surrounded by his grandparents at Ernest Hemingway
Elementary School’s Grandparents and Seniors Day. From left to right are
Jacques Roos, Bettye Roos, Gregory, Lila Rich and Neville Rich. Express
photo by Willy Cook
them received a refresher course in common and proper nouns in teacher
Sandy Scott’s classroom.
pupils, but as teachers themselves, and as grandparents and senior
class went through a magazine, marking proper nouns with highlighters, the
seniors advised their grandchildren as well as other children.
participation was just one of the events at the Grandparents and Seniors
organizer, Kate Berman, also a member of the school’s parent
association, said this was the fifth year of the event.
encourage seniors to come, even if they are not anyone’s
grandparents," she said.
year we had more than 100 visitors, 20 parent association volunteers and
24 fifth graders who served as guides," she said. "We had 65
seniors come to the lunch that the parent association provided."
that "most seniors come to see ‘specific friends,’ like their
grandchild or a neighbor child."
were treated to a reception in the lobby when they arrived. Then they were
taken on a tour by fifth-grade guides of the school’s special rooms,
such as the publishing house room, the tech room and the computer lab.
a parent association member who will be taking up the role of organizer
next year, said the kids have fund-raisers to help equip and supply the
Lois Anderson praised their guide, Ali Maricich, as "the best."
He said he
knew a lot of what was at the school, but Maricich "showed me new
is a very nice function," he said. "Done first-class."
Andersons then went to spend time with their grandson Lucas Anderson in
Scott’s class, where it wasn’t all about common and proper nouns.
was seated in a circle and the pupils also read the different essays they
wrote about their grandparents.
Lactash wrote that her 75-year-old grandmother was "still on her feet
and making delicious jams."
remembers the "stinky, white chicken" that lived on her
grandmother doesn’t spoil me a lot," she wrote, "but she’s
still my favorite grandmother."
wrote, "My grandparents are loving old people. My grandparents live
in Mexico, where it’s hot most of the year. When we go visit them, they
always prepare delicious meals."