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Lyndonville woman, 102, made special visit to kindergarten class

Posted 17 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

Well my heart is in my feet as I type this to you. I had initially reached out to have some pictures and an article about Grace Bayne earlier this summer. She was the 102-year-old woman that my kindergarten class welcomed on our 100th day of school back in February.

I had her great-great grandson this year in my class and we thought how nice it would be to have someone 100 come into our room! We found out from her granddaughter, Cindy Groves, that she liked caramel turtles and peanut butter cups. I bought her flowers and the children each made their own picture for her which we stapled into a book.

I asked Thomas Follman, a student in our high school, to escort her down to my room. He dressed in a suit. They were joined by my daughter Madison Boyle who took the photographs. Grace LOVED the red carpet treatment and she was overjoyed by the kindness of the class.

Sadly she passed away on Thursday, August 13th, at the age of 102.

I guess the lesson here is to shower those people you love and “go the extra mile” to make them feel special because you just never know when that last day will be.

Thank you!

Robin Boyle
Kindergarten Teacher
Lyndonville Central School

Grace Bayne

Grace Bayne visits a kindergarten class last February where her great-grandson was a student.