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November 13, 2012

MOMENTS WITH MOM: More than 600 turn out at Shipshewana-Scott

SHIPSHEWANA — It was standing room only for the annual “Moments with Mom” afternoon at Shipshewana-Scott Elementary school on Thursday.

More than 600 moms and students showed up and filled the gymnasium for games, entertainment and snacks.

The first to entertain were the students.

Four songs were sung by members of the first- and second-grade chorus led by Emy Berger, the music teacher.

The singing was followed by an entertaining puppet show. “What am I Thankful For,” performed by Mary E. Miller, an imaginative puppeteer and the children’s librarian at the LaGrange County Library.

After the snacks, the children played an M&M question game with their moms.

Depending on the color drawn out of the bag, the players could ask each other a question from a list. There are six M&M colors so there were six questions, including: If you could go anywhere with me, where would we go? What is one of your favorite things to do with me?

Ruby Miller was there with two of her younger sons, Kevin, a fourth-grader, and Kyle, who is in third grade. “I think this is really neat,” she said.  “I have come to this every year and my husband Lyle will be here for the fathers’ event next week.”

Erin Bontrager was with Abby, who is in third grade, and Cole, who is in kindergarten.

“It is fun,” she said. “The kids get so excited to see their mom in their school and it gives us special time together. My husband Lyle enjoys the father time every year. He looks forward to it.”

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