Riverside students welcome grandparents to campus (PHOTOS)

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Brandon Rowan, 5, right, shows a card he made for his grandparents, Chad and Tammy Rowan.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — National Grandparents Day is Sunday, but Riverside Elementary School invited students’ grandparents to get a head start on the occasion throughout the week.

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Grandparents could attend classes at each grade level and enjoy eating snacks with their grandchildren. The event allowed Riverside to give back to some of its most loyal supporters, Principal Tammy Matz said.

"When we have any awards ceremonies or (school) plays at the end of the year, we had just as many grandparents as parents in attendance,” she said.

Many attending grandparents are from North Okaloosa County, but some visited from out of town.

Richard and Sandra Borie, of Old Town, Fla., visited the school twice this week to see grandchildren, Bryce, 6, and Brock Dugan, 5.

"They are active boys; they were excited about us visiting," Richard said, adding he was impressed with Brock's first-grade class.

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