Building with Dad: First-graders build toys during annual bonding period (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 07:40 PM.

The chain's stores typically have one kids' construction clinic per month, according to corporate public relations manager Amanda Manna.

'Having a blast'

"They're having a blast doing this," Walker Principal Jeanine Kirkland said.

Soon, Kirkland and assistant principal Lorna Carnley joined the effort and were on the concrete floor steadying nails for young carpenters to hammer into pre-drilled guide holes.

"Daddy, I need your help," Gracyn Wright called out to her father, Gene. "These things aren't going in good."

Wright held a nail for his daughter, cautioned her to tap it lightly to get it going, and then pulled his fingers out of the way. Once the nail was going, he said, "Hit it! Hit it!"

Soon, hammering sounds were replaced by shouts of glee as the kids sent their trucks careening around the pavilion.

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