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- June 27, 1988
- Vol. 29
- No. 25
Two Michigan Teachers Add a New 'r' to the Curriculum—now It's Readin', 'ritin','rithmetic and Romance
"We wanted a nice, quiet wedding," says Britvec, 25, "something personal." She and Peterson, 30, have a number of friends in common—most of them under 12 years of age—and naturally wanted them all to be on hand for the big event. "The children watched the relationship grow," says Miss B. "It wouldn't be fair to leave them out." Certainly not. Britvec, a native of Battle Creek, Mich., met Peterson, an ex-farmer and Peace Corps volunteer from nearby Ionia, last summer at a faculty picnic. After six weeks of "polite conversation," they had their first date. The Wall kids were instantly hip. "I knew Miss B. liked Mr. P. because she gave him milk money," says a discerning Charlie Wilson, 7.
At 1:45, 50 students and the couple's families crowded into Britvec's room for the intrascholastic wedding. Mayor Donald Easterday performed the nuptials from a podium propped on a desk. The children took part in the ceremony, singing songs like "Fiddle-dee-dee, Fiddle-dee-dee, the fly has married the bumblebee" and reciting their thoughts about love. "Love is cool, love is awesome," chanted the fifth graders.
After squirming through the closing kiss, the kids gave the couple a quilt with their hand-drawn designs: dinosaurs, hearts and flowers. The newly-weds were ushered off by a clanging school bell and wishes best summed up by a sign from the kindergarten: "We hope you have a nice marriage," it read. "Have a nice evening."
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