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Smiley Elementary hosts parent picnic
A hallway sign welcomes parents. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Smiley Elementary School in Long County hosted its annual “Picnic for Parents” March 30. The activity invites parents to visit the school and work with their children in class and then have a picnic lunch with them in the cafeteria.
This was the second year for the event, according to Principal Sandy Jones who said it’s a good activity for parents and students.
“It builds memories for a lifetime, and the parents get to come up here and see what their children are doing in class. It’s just fun for the whole family,” Jones said.
The event is scheduled four times throughout the year, and each of the grades — kindergarten through third grade — have their own special day.
Some children have more than just their parents participate, such as their grandparents and siblings.
Second grader Dalton Boutwell had his mom, dad and grandparents visit him.
“I moved down here from Columbus so I would be closer to the grandkids. I wanted to come because I thought it would show Dalton I appreciate what he does at school,” Marcia Kirkland said.  
Another second grader, Taylor Horne, was especially glad her dad was back again this year. This was her dad, Mark’s, second year of participating.
“Last year we played a game, read a book and the kids sang a song in the class. It’s real nice, and Taylor has been looking forward to it for awhile,” Mark Horne said.
In true picnic fashion, fried chicken was served on red and white-checkered tablecloths. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and they didn’t have to worry bad weather or ants.
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