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DRACUT — The butter dripped off of the bagel and landed splat in the middle of the plate. Seven-year-old Zachary Bernardini looked up at his grandmother and smiled.

“I should have been a grandparent first. It’s much more fun,” said Isabelle Farmer, as she snagged a piece of fruit off of Zachary’s plate.

She lives in Methuen and since she doesn’t drive, it’s hard to find ways to spend time with her three grandchildren in Dracut. But she was determined to make it out for the annual grandparents breakfast at the Brookside Elementary School on Feb. 2 because she knew it was important to her grandson. , THE BROADCASTER Body:

The kids are just as excited about the visit as their grandparents. They get to give a tour of their desks and show off their work while grandparents have the opportunity to chat with teachers about their grandchildren’s progress.

“Grandparents don’t usually have the opportunity to see what the kids are doing in school or meet with their teachers so this event is great,” said proud grandmother Ellie Poor.

For the past six years, Poor has made it a point to attend the school breakfast with her 8-year-old granddaughter Nicole Morin and Nicole’s other grandmother, Joan Poirier.

“We wouldn’t miss this for our lives,” said Poirier.

That sentiment was repeated throughout breakfast as grandparents laughed and enjoyed the experience with their grandkids. For those that weren’t lucky enough to have a grandparent with them, Brookside’s foster grandparent Anna Loiselle stepped in and saved the day. Loiselle, 85, works as a classroom volunteer at the school and loves every minute of it.

“I’m their grandparent today because theirs couldn’t come,” she said as she put her arm around two of the kids.

Christine Terry flew all the way from Toledo, Ohio, to share the day with her grandson Will Storm, 7. “He’s never gotten to have a grandparent here so I said I’d fly out,” said Terry.

Terry only sees her grandson once a year so she tries to make the most out of each visit.

Joan Hammond of Dracut and her husband, Hartson, who have 12 grandchildren, make it a priority not to miss the big moments in any of their lives.

“I’m supposed to be at work in 10 minutes, but I will try to stay here as long as I can. It’s important to the kids to be here for these special occasions,” said Joan. “Spending time with the family is the most important thing in our day.”