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Highcliff students are parents of Peeps

Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal - First-grader Cooper Matthews, 6, carefully picks up the Peeps chick he adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal</em></div>First-grader Cooper Matthews, 6, carefully picks up the Peeps chick he adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township  on April 16, 2014.
Randy Jarosz | For the North Journal - First-grader Caitlyn Hutchinson, 7, measures the Peeps chick she adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Randy Jarosz | For the North Journal</em></div>First-grader Caitlyn Hutchinson, 7, measures the Peeps chick she adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal - First-grader Autumn Smith, 7, weighs the Peeps bunny she adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal</em></div>First-grader Autumn Smith, 7, weighs the Peeps bunny she adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal - First-grader Madison Kevan, 6, takes a Peeps chick's 'footprint' as part of class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal</em></div>First-grader Madison Kevan, 6, takes a Peeps chick's 'footprint' as part of class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal - First-grader Ronnie Millanti, 7, measures the Peep he adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal</em></div>First-grader Ronnie Millanti, 7, measures the Peep he adopted as part of a class project at Highcliff Elementary in Ross Township on April 16, 2014.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal - Highcliff Elementary first-graders adopted newly 'hatched' Peeps chicks or bunnies on April 16,2014, as part of a class project.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal</em></div>Highcliff Elementary first-graders adopted newly 'hatched' Peeps chicks or bunnies on April 16,2014, as part of a class project.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:15 p.m.
 

The first-graders of Highcliff Elementary are proud to announce the adoption of about 90 fluffy, sugar-coated Peeps babies that were delivered this month.

“They were so excited to adopt these Peeps,” said first-grade teacher Kim Harbaugh, who organized the project.

The first-graders at the school in Ross Township spent the morning naming, measuring and weighing their newly adopted marshmallow pets that “hatched” from plastic eggs on April 16.

Harbaugh, of Franklin Park, said that although the activities were fun, they also helped the students practice reading, writing and math skills.

Cooper Matthews, a first-grader in Harbaugh's class, cradled his yellow Peeps chick that he named Luke Russell Skywalker, while Bruna Gomes, a first-grader in teacher Sasha Pesanka's class, explained that her orange bunny, Emily, was a little smaller than the average Peep.

Fortunately, Harbaugh said, once the students adopted and named their marshmallow friends, they lost all interest in eating them.

Landon Schmidt, 6, said he had no plans to eat his purple chick. He just wanted to “play with it and snug it.”

And, he said, “the fact that they don't respond when you ask them a question,” was the hardest part of being a Peep parent.

Students filled out the paperwork needed for new babies for their Peeps adoptees, created lists of instructions for baby sitters and wrote notes to the principal when their chicks or bunnies were reprimanded for tattling.

“Parenthood sometimes is tough,” Harbaugh told her class.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or kshea@tribweb.com.

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