Ryan Cheshire helps his daughter Reagan build a birdhouse at Morning Son Monday morning, as part of Dad’s Day where dads get to come and spend time doing activities with their children.

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Kindergartners spend morning with dads

Published 2:01pm Monday, November 8, 2010

Concentrating on the block of wood on the table in front of her, 5-year-old Reagan Cheshire brought the hammer down onto a nail, pounding it into the wood with the help of her dad’s guiding hand.

Reagan was one of the kindergarten students at Morning Son Christian School who spent Monday morning enjoying donuts and building a birdhouse with her dad.

“It’s important to be involved in each aspect to see what they’re doing,” her dad Ryan said. The students enjoyed donuts and milk with their dads from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and built bird houses until about 11 a.m.

Earlier in the morning, they watched their kids participate in story time with Morning Son kindergarten teacher Shelley Schoeneck.

Home Depot donates kits every year for the students, she said, and those kits happened to be birdhouses that came in separate, pre-cut blocks of wood with nails to put it together.

“They pound and decorate them so it’s multi-step, which is good for both kids and dads,” Schoeneck said.

Six-year-old Isaac Elliott had fun pounding nails with his dad and said he was happy he brought safety goggles and a hammer. His father Chris was simply happy to spend time with his son.

“It’s just fun working with him,” he said. “The biggest thing is having dad as the main influence in his life.”

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