By CHRIS COLLINS
Of the Baker City Herald
Baker elementary schools served a hearty breakfast for grandparents and the little kids who bring a twinkle to their eyes Thursday morning.
Its just wonderful to be grandparents, said Jane Treanor, who attended the breakfast with her husband, Claude, and their granddaughters, Kristin Hill, 6, and Shelby Hill, 8.
Its just wonderful to be alive, her husband chimed in.
They were among the 156 people served at Brooklyn Elementary.
A menu of waffles, sausage, hash browns, fruit, juice, milk and coffee was provided free to grandparents at Brooklyn, South Baker, North Baker, Churchill and Haines during Back to School Week.
Eight-year-old Samantha Ragsdale and her 5-year-old brother, Eric, invited their grandparents Adell and Olen Ragsdale to join them for breakfast.
I think its very good that we get to have Grandparents Day, Samantha said. That way grandmas and grandpas can come and have breakfast with you and have fun.
Her grandparents said they were happy to join them.
Its kind of neat, Olen said. Its good food. And were always looking for time to spend with them.
Dave Pollentier said he also was pleased to accept the invitation of his 10-year-old grandson, Austin Harmon.
This is the first time Ive been able to make it, Pollentier said. He invited me and I thought today would be a good day.
Others in the crowd seemed to agree with him as they lined up for the meal and lowered themselves onto cafeteria-table seating between old friends and little children.
John and Fran Burgess have grandchildren at Brooklyn and South Baker schools. They ended up at Brooklyn because the invitation to South Baker was lost in a backpack and wasnt found until after the deadline for reservations had passed, Fran said.
They visit the school whenever theyre invited by their grandchildren, 6-year-old Anna Clarke and 9-year-old Peter Burgess Clarke, she added. This year that has included lunchtime visits as well as attending special events such as school programs, a taco feed and a book fair.
Joyce Wilkerson, who is raising her 9-year-old grandson, Tyler Petersohn, also visits the school regularly, but this was her first time for breakfast.
Its nice, she said, adding happily that her trips to the school have not been as regular as they were at the first of the year while her grandson was learning the rules.
Vern and Sue Baisley were back at Brooklyn with their youngest grandchild, Taylor Ellis, a 6-year-old kindergartner, after an absence of several years.
She was really thrilled when Grandpa could come, Sue said.
The youngest of their five other grandchildren is a senior this year, she added. They all attended Brooklyn.
It wasnt her own grandchildren who brought Tony Giles to breakfast Thursday. She was invited by her 9-year-old friend, Chelsea Bliss, whose grandma lives in Montana.
Giles was happy to accept the invitation because her grandchildren live in another state and she cant visit their schools with them, she told Chelsea.
The advanced planning and extra work was worth the effort and the event was termed a success by both the school cooks and the principal.
Its fun to figure out who the grandparents of these cute little kids are, said cook Judy Schroeder.
Gary Timms, principal, expressed appreciation for those who took the time to join the children. The event accomplished the goal of Back to School Week, which is designed to bring community members into the schools.
By sponsoring events, it gets them here, he said. Its good for the kids and good for the people who come in.