Hon­or­ing grand­par­ents

The Covington News - - Local News - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com PHO­TOS BY DANIELLE EVER­SON AND GABRIEL KHOULI news@cov­news.com

Sid­ney and Glo­ria Ni­chol­son made it to their first Grand­par­ents Day Fri­day but not from a lack of ef­fort.

“They never told us,” Sid­ney said. “They told us this year, and we packed up and came.”

The cou­ple trav­eled from Tal­la­has­see, Fla. to eat lunch with their grand­son Jus­tice, a third grader at East New­ton El­e­men­tary School, which had grandparent ac­tiv­i­ties all week.

“It’s great. We love it,” Sid­ney said.

On the other side, Dolores Dod­son has be­come a pro at grand­par­ents day, and she needs to be as she has five grand­daugh­ters, in­clud­ing a first grader, sec­ond grader, third grader and two fourth graders.

“It can be a lit­tle over­whelm­ing,” Dod­son said. “It’s very in­ter­est­ing and keeps me busy.”

Plus, her grand­daugh­ter Ri­ley McGi­boney, the third grader, said it was a lot of fun hav­ing grandma around.

While the Ni­chol­son’s trav­eled all the way from Florida, Jim and San­dra Tudor, bet­ter known as Poppy and Granny, had their grand­child Bai­ley Love, come to them.

Bai­ley’s fa­ther is in the mil­i­tary, so the fam­ily has trav­eled a lot over the years, in­clud­ing New Jersey, Texas and else­where in Ge­or­gia.

“It’s ex­cit­ing that they’re here,” Jim Tudor said. “It’s im­por­tant to take the time to do this.”

Grand­mother Daisy Ben­ton sits with her grand­chil­dren An­to­nio Hol­lo­man, 4, Ny’asia Hol­lo­man, 6, and Mala­sia Hol­lo­man, 9.

Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent Jackie Gay has lunch with grand­daugh­ter Macy Grif­fin.

Phyl­lis Sn­oddy sits with her grand­daugh­ter Adraea Simmons, 7.

Students around New­ton

County ate meals with their grand­par­ents at school this week, and even those who didn’t

have any grand­par­ents

in tow were happy to pose.

Grand­par­ents came out for break­fast at Oak Hill El­e­men­tary School Fri­day.

An­gela Le­mus, 4, and Emell Mon­tiel, 4, eat lunch with their grand­fa­ther Fran­sico Le­mus.

Carol Holmes has lunch with grand­daugh­ter Chloe Fos­ter and Sarah McClure.

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