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Art Prize, Art Prize What Did I See?

I saw beautiful art and people looking at me!  While walking around downtown Grand Rapids look at the amazing art, I ran into some amazing Georgetown friends…who were also visiting Art Prize 2012.  If you haven’t visited the exhibits yet, put it on your short list of things to do.  And…take your camera and your smiles!

See if you can find these families in the my photo collage above:  VanderPloeg, Kelly/Green, Waters-Umfleet and O’Brien.


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Beach Time with the Gainey Boys

While walking along the beach in Holland on Sunday evening, I spotted a grandfather sitting with twin boys.  As I got closer, I recognized Kellan Gainey, a student in Mrs. VanderPloeg’s class.  Kellan was sitting in the sand listening intently to the waves as they washed to the shore.  Jake sat on his Grandpa Jack’s lap asking about every sound he heard — people walking, sea gulls, sounds of laughter from children jumping in the waves.

Because Kellan and Jake are legally blind, the beach experience is about sounds, textures and smells.   The boys asked about every sound and touch and Grandpa explained each one.  It was one the most tender and beautiful moment I have been blessed to observe in a long time.

Kellan recognized my voice and wanted to know, “Where is Mrs. Van (VanderPloeg)?”  Of course, if the principal is at the beach, the teachers must be there too!  We played in the waves for a little while and then everyone headed home.

Here’s a photo I took of the Gainey boys with Grandpa Jack.  Enjoy!

The Gainey Boys and their Grandpa at Holland State Park


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Mrs. VanderPloeg and Her Baby Girl

Mrs. VanderPloeg, one of our ECSE teachers, had a baby girl in January.  Briana is beautiful and enjoying her time at home with her two older brothers.  Here are photos of the happy mom and baby!

If you have been following the 2010-11 Georgetown Staff babies, in December we welcomed Madisson Thurkettle.   We are anticipating the arrival of Mrs. Boes’ baby in late February, early March and Mrs. Iwema’s baby in June!