Bear Lake first graders celebrate Mother’s Day

BEAR LAKE — The look on Peyton Mallison’s face was one of concentration and pride all mixed into one as he carefully worked his way through the crowded Bear Lake first grade classroom to give to his mother, Renee, a piece of cake.

Bear Lake Schools principal Sarah Harless reads the book "I Will Love You Forever" to first grade students and their mothers at Thursday's Mother's Day and Tea in Ann Edmondson's class.

Bear Lake Schools principal Sarah Harless reads the book “I Will Love You Forever” to first grade students and their mothers at Thursday’s Mother’s Day and Tea in Ann Edmondson’s class.

Upon successfully making the journey with the cake fully intact, he burst into a big smile and gave his mom a big hug. It was a scene that was duplicated at various locations around Ann Edmondson’s classroom on Thursday afternoon as her students and their mother’s celebrated their annual Mother’s Day Tea.

For the past 20 years Edmondson has been marking Mother’s Day with the special program in her classroom. The 2018 version was filled with laughter, smiles and even a few tears.

“The kids do all the traditional things to get ready for today as they learn about etiquette, how to seat their parents, manners when they serve them and making beautiful flowers for them to wear,” said Edmondson. “It is important to the kids and they even get to slow dance and do all these really neat things to make their moms feel really special. They also served their parents cake and punch.”

Bear Lake principal Sarah Harless then read the book “I Will Love You Forever” about the special love a mom has for her child which didn’t leave any dry eyes in the room, including the reader.

“We also will have the kids do a slow dance with the moms to the music ‘I Hope You Dance’ and it is emotional for the kids and parents,” said Edmondson. “What is neat is many of these mothers, I had as kids and now they are back with their own kids. So that is a really neat connection with the parents. It’s fun to watch them come back as beautiful mothers.”



Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at

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