PLATTSBURGH — Andrew VanNatten says his father, John, is not only “funny” and “amazing,” he’s talented, too.
“I don’t really know what he’s talented at, the Cumberland Head Elementary School second-grader said, “but I’m pretty sure he’s talented.”
Approval ratings for dads among second- and third-graders at the school are high.
“He’s very nice,” said third-grader Danielle Dyke of her dad, Ivan. “He’s a sports person, and he’s thoughtful.”
Brooke Ruest says her dad, Alfred, is nice, too.
And, the third-grader added, he’s “funny (and) crazy a little.”
A BILLION LEGOS
With dads like these, it’s no wonder that the students enjoy spending time with them.
“My favorite thing to do with my dad (Mike Trombley) would be to go in my room and play some soccer on my Xbox,” said third-grader Michael Trombley.
Michael, of course, always wins.
Second-grader Riley Hewson likes to play Legos with his father, Brad.
“‘Cause I always have a billion Legos,” he said.
Cole Trombley, on the other hand, prefers to engage in outdoor activities with his dad, Tim.
The second-grader’s favorite things to do with his father are “ride bikes and go swimming with him.”
With all the problems that dads are constantly solving, it may sometimes seem to children that their fathers are superhuman.
If Hailey Abramczyck’s dad, Ed, did indeed have a super power, the second-grader thinks it would be “to help people.”
And Michael envisions his dad soaring above the clouds.
His dad’s super power, he said, would be “to be able to fly because he’s only been on a plane once, and he really wants to do it again.”
Danielle’s dad’s super power might be flying — “or invisibility or something.”
As for Brooke, she’s sure her superhero father’s ability would be “tickling people.”
FROM THE HEART
So what would these kids give their dear old dads for Father’s Day if money were no object?
“Something that could help us all, (like) money or vacations or something like that, just to help us have a little better life,” Michael said.
“I don’t know what he wants,” Danielle said, “but I would say a trip or a cruise or something.”
“A new pair of water skis,” said third-grader Isabella Brown of the gift she would give her dad, Tom.
“I would give him a brand-new motorcycle helmet,” Cole said.
“Love,” Brooke said.
And what can second-grader Raelin Ko’s dad, Ben, expect for Father’s Day?
“A hug,” she said.
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