Kindergarteners celebrate Grandparents DayPublished 9:00am Saturday, September 8, 2012
Kindergarteners at Jim Pearson School got the chance to show off their school to their grandparents Friday in celebration of Grandparents Day.
“This is a tradition we’ve done for many, many years,” Principal Pam Langford said. “I was down in the kindergarten building talking to a teacher earlier when a set of grandparents came in. I said, ‘We need so-and-so’ and he looked up and saw his grandparents … he had the biggest grin on his face. The children love it.”
Langford said grandparents were invited to the children’s classrooms, where the children were allowed to show their grandparents around and then attend the book fair going on in the school gym. The school also has a photographer on hand from 7:30 to 10 a.m. to take portraits of the grandparents and grandchildren.
Erika Brooks, mother of kindergarten student Kenneth Brooks, said the Grandparents Day event was a family affair.
“(Kenneth) only has two living grandparents, and they are always supporting the grandkids. They’re crazy about this one,” Brooks said, pointing to Kenneth.
Brooks said she was impressed with the tremendous turnout, especially at the book fair.
“We’re still not finished (buying books) – and that’s a good thing,” Brooks said. “(Kenneth) loves reading.”
Brooks said Kenneth is loving kindergarten so far and was happy to show his grandparents everything about his new school.
“With kids this age, having grandparents there is good motivation because it makes them feel special,” Brooks said. “Grandparents are their heart.”
Brooks said Kenneth’s teacher explained to the grandparents what the students have been doing so far this school year and took photos of students with their grandparents to hang up in the classroom.
Langford said grandparents haven’t been the only relatives in attendance during Grandparents Day.
“We have a lot of good parents and grandparents who are very supportive. If the grandparents can’t come, we’ll have mamas and daddies or aunts and uncles here,” Langford said. “Teachers might even fill in for grandparents so all the children feel special that day. That’s what we want – we don’t want any of them to feel left out.”
Langford said the first grade Grandparents Day event will be Monday, with the second grade Grandparents Day event Friday.
“It’s 7:30 to 10 (a.m.), but grandparents are welcome to come anytime after that,” Langford said.
Brooks said she hoped to see good participation from relatives throughout the year.