Just like many children across the county, a group of kindergarten pupils at Evans Elementary School used their hearts and hands to create thoughtful gifts to surprise their mothers on Mother's Day.
Taylor Keltner, a 6-year-old pupil in Carol McGregor's kindergarten class, drew a picture of herself and her mom participating in an activity they both enjoy.
"This is me and my mom when we were going shopping and we were walking home," Taylor said. "Then a storm came, and we ran home."
Taylor added that her mom is "really sweet."
The kindergarten pupils busied themselves the week before Mother's Day by making their mothers laminate bookmarks and A Picture of My Mom and Me story booklets.
Adu Subramanian, a 6-year-old pupil in McGregor's class, also drew an image of him and his mom having a good time.
"It is about me and my mom playing soccer outside, after I ate lunch on a sunny day," Adu said.
The pupils started the Mother's Day project Wednesday by creating the cover page for their booklets and finished Friday.
"That is just way too cute the way they can illustrate it so well," said Beth Blount, the paraprofessional in the kindergarten classroom. "I just think some of them are so creative."
McGregor said her pupils made several different Mother's Day gifts, such as poems and hand prints, during her 21 years teaching kindergarten at the school.
"But I really like the bookmarks, because I think it's something that a mother would use," she said.
This year's batch of Mother's Day presents also showcases the pupils' reading and writing abilities, which ties into the school's read-well program, McGregor said.
"They can read this whole book, and they can sit down and share this book personally with their mothers," she said. "They're going to share their reading abilities with their mothers when they present these books to them."
McGregor, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 30 years as an educator, said she has been impressed with her pupils' progress.
"This is the first class that I can say they can all read and write at the end of year," she said. "It's really exciting news for us."
McGregor noted that no matter what her pupils gave their mothers, it would be a hit.
"Whatever it is," McGregor said. "They'll love it."
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