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FC welcomes families to 28th annual Grandparents Day

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Grandparents receive insight to students’ routines

[/media-credit] Grandparents are treated to a morning of worship during the 28th annual FC Grandparents Day, Sept. 20.

Grandparents roam the campus as students and staff welcome seniors to the 28th annual FC Grandparents Day, Sept. 20. Each year, Grandparents Day provides a chance for families to spend time with each other and observe students’ daily routine in the classroom. This tradition offers Fresno Christian an opportunity to show gratitude toward their guests and thank them for the role they play in students’ lives.

After arriving on campus, grandparents receive their grandchildren’s schedules and help themselves to a small breakfast assortment featuring Dutch Bros. coffee and various pastries. Following this, a special grandparents chapel led by the campus worship team kicks off the festivities. After finding their students, families receive a tour from their grandchild and an inside look at the student’s daily routine.

The appeal of Grandparents Day for many seniors includes the ability to spend time in the FC environment. Edmund and Mary Janzen previously participated in the event and enjoy seeing the atmosphere their three grandchildren go to school in. They also appreciate the connection between FC and many of the teachers’ alma mater, Fresno Pacific University.

“We have been here once or twice before,” Edmund said. “It is a wonderful place, very affirming and supportive and the teachers are excellent and the people are very friendly. Our grandkids love the school and if they love it, we love it. For many years I worked at Fresno Pacific University and many of their graduates work as teachers here at FCS now. Because of that, we have a sort of connection between Fresno Pacific and Fresno Christian.”

The following podcast features Kyle Clem discussing the importance of Grandparents Day with Carole Graham.

One of the highlights for grandparents includes touring the classrooms and being able to spend time and learn alongside their grandchildren. Denise and Jerry Osborn attended for the last four years and appreciate the emphasis FC places on providing grandparents a role in the students’ education.

“I like going into the classrooms and seeing the things they’ve done,”  Denise said. “They are very proud to show us. [Grandparents Day] shows a relationship. A family needs grandparents as well, they’re very important in the grandchildren’s lives and we play a role in their schooling and education as well.”

Jerry appreciates the value that students have for their family after Grandparent’s Day. While some students stay after lunch for the remaining school day, some students depart with grandparents.

“It’s good to let the kids know that the grandparents are being honored and having a special day for us,” Jerry said. “We don’t get to see them as often as we’d like; we can show them we are going to be here as often as we can and Grandparents Day is a perfect day to be here.”

[/media-credit] High school students played bingo in Spanish class with their grandparents.

An hour-long lunchtime allows students to spend time with their grandparents and talk before continuing on with their day. Fresno Christian provided lunch for students and grandparents while additional eating spaces were set up in the Student Ministries Center and courtyard.

While some grandparents were unable to come, students still appreciate the memories made with their grandparents. Carson Ochs, ‘21, spends time with his grandparents every January when they take a family trip to Disneyland. Ochs values these memories and appreciates this time spent with family.

“My grandparents take me and my cousins to Disneyland in January every year,” Ochs said. “That has become our family vacation. I enjoy being able to be with them and we’re able to talk, go on rides and get food together. My parents will go, my aunts and uncles will go and I really enjoy just being able to spend time together as a family with them.”

While high school has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, some grandparents never attended a true high school. Susan Pittenger, mother of FC math teacher Angie Counts and grandmother of Annabelle Counts, ‘23, studied at home and took correspondence classes. Pittenger also values the experience of witnessing God on the FC campus.

“I love being with our grandchildren here together with all the other grandparents and just seeing what God has done in everyone’s life,” Pittenger said. “I actually didn’t go to high school, I studied at home and did correspondence classes because my mom and dad were missionaries overseas. So, I can’t say what has changed since I was growing up.”

During this year’s Grandparents Day, a little under 5oo seniors joined in and spent time with their grandchildren.

Some grandparents came for their student’s final Grandparents Day. Inga Johns, grandmother of five at FCS, celebrates Grandparents Day with her eldest grandchild, Braden Bell, ‘20, for the last time. Johns appreciates the lower population at FC compared to her high school while growing up. She also sees the value in displaying her support of her grandchildren through Grandparents Day.

“My freshman year in high school I had over 2,000 in my beginning class and over 800 in my graduation,” Johns said. “So it was a very big school. I was a little teeny fish in a big, big pond and I liked it that way, I didn’t want to be noticed. I like this because it’s small, the teachers know all the kids and they pray for the kids. I think it helps us connect with the school as well as seeing our grandchildren in the environment that they spend most of the day in. I think it’s important for them to see our support.”

[/media-credit] Grandparents participated in their student’s daily schedule and took part in various activities organized by the teachers.

For some, the importance found in Grandparents Day comes from the ability for grandchildren to ask questions that they might not normally ask. Carole Graham, grandmother of Bryson Graham, ‘21, and Aubrey Graham, ‘23, appreciates this emphasis. She also values the memory of baking Christmas cookies with her grandchildren every year.

“They are learning more about the history of their grandparents,” Graham said. “They don’t often ask questions like what was your childhood like. You get a chance to do that here. Each year, we have the family tradition of coming to grandma’s and baking Christmas cookies and decorating them. And then we send a lot of them home and then they can give them to their other grandparents or neighbors.”

Each year, FC welcomes more grandparents to the event and looks forward to the opportunity of expanding the event in future years. They look to continue honoring grandparents for the impact they have on a student’s life and furthering the bond between grandparents and students.

Be sure to read Feather coverage from  2018 Grandparents Day. For more articles, read Spotlight Productions: Preparation begins for Newsies musical and Freshman Rachel Moate excels in varsity volleyball.

Kyle Clem can be reached via Twitter @KyleClem5 and via email.

The slideshow below includes images from the annual 28th Grandparent’s Day.

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    Cole BlanchfieldOct 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I know grandparents day is always a fun time every year.It is a wonderful thing to be with your grandparent’s and show them around the campus and what your daily routine is just amazing.I am thankful Fresno Christian allows us to do this.

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    Shaniya FlemingSep 27, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I think grandparents day was great and I had the best experience from that event. This tells me that the grandparents were having a great time too with there own grandchild or children to see them learning and happy at Fresno christian school.

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    Justus RochaSep 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    My grandma and I had a lot of fun and she was really happy to go. She was really excited to go and she was really glad she went.

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    Savannah CisnerosSep 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I had so much fun at grandparents day and also so glad I got to bond with my grandparents. It was a great time with my family.

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    Michael HerreraSep 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I greatly enjoyed grandparents day and the memories I got to share with everyone. It was truly an evening to remember.

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    Cal BackowskiSep 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I had a great time with my grandmas. both of them have fun at the event. It is a great bonding time for all of us.

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    Grenelei FinderupSep 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Grandparents day was so much fun. My grandparents and I both had an amazing time. I can’t wait to be a freshman and have them at school with me.

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    Ava FloresSep 25, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I really do love Grandparents Day, it makes me so happy to have my grandparents come to school and do activities with me. It is such a blessing to have grandparents that will always be there for you and who are willing to do things with you, to spend time with you and to get closer to you. I am so thankful that my grandparents are always willing to come and share this time that I have with them with me and that this school could provide the food for us to eat. I always love to have my grandparents come visit me at school every year on Grandparents Day.

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    Gabby HutchesonSep 25, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Grandparents day was really fun and I enjoyed it so much. Being able to spend the day with my grandparents, makes my day 100 times better. I’m thankful to be able to have this great opportunity.

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    Mia AlbertaSep 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Grandparents day has been one of my favorite days during the year ever since kindergarten! I think it is such a great time to spend with your grandparents and to show them what you do every day at school. It was especially fun this year because we got to do sudoku with other students and their grandparents in Mr.Martin’s class.

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    Audrey WalstadSep 25, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I had fun on Grandparent’s day, it was very crowded but everyone was happy. My dad used to come here so my grandma liked to see what has changed over time.

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    Haylie MitchenerSep 25, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Grandparents Day was a great experience. It was so fun showing my grandparent my 4th period class.

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    Meilani GilmoreSep 25, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I love that at Fresno Christian they allow us to bring our grandparents to the school for a whole day. I enjoyed showing my grandparents what I do in my classes. The hour lunch is also nice because you get time to spend with your grandparents and you can meet your friends grandparents too.

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    Colby PoplinSep 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Having our grandparents at school was very fun. Taking them our classes were fun and showing them what we did every day.

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    McKenzie SueSep 25, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Grandparents Day was honestly a whole lot of fun. It was great to see how many Grandparents were there!

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    Paige DeffenbacherSep 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I really enjoyed being able to show my grandparents where I spend nearly every day! I got the opportunity to show them two of my classrooms, and my locker. Another fun part of grandparents day was being able to eat together and have great conversations.

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    Ruby BakerSep 25, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I loved having my grandpa and my grandma come to school with me on grandparents day. It was a great bonding time.

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    Rachel MartinSep 25, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I loved getting to spend a day with my grandparents. It’s such a fun tradition that our school does.

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    Blake BridgesSep 25, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I love that Fresno Christian allows us to have our grandparents come to school for a day. I also like that we get to spend more time with them too.

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    Madison BridgesSep 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I think it is a good way for grandparents to know what the kids are doing. Grandparents Day is really fun because you get to spend the day with your grandparents at school for a day!

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    Ciara ObesoSep 25, 2019 at 9:03 am

    “I really liked Grandparents day and seeing everyone spend time with there Grandparents. It was really heartwarming to see people do fun activities and really get to know new things they never even knew about their grandparents. As well as seeing their Grandparents really get to know there Grandchildren’s friends and seeing all of there classes.”

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    Braden KarrSep 25, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Class of 2024

    All four of my grandparents came at the end of third period. Then we walked over to room 528. We sat down in the very back of the room. The activity that we did in math was trying to figure out each-others’ shape that we chose on the computer. That was very entertaining and got us through math. Then we got lunch and went home.

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    Braelyn RiffelSep 25, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Grandparents Day was so much fun! It is awesome getting to spend time with our grandparets that we might not see all the time! It was so cool to do exciting things in classes with our grandparents and hang out with them!

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    Caleb MynderupSep 25, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Grandparents Day was really fun because I got to spend time with my Grandpa and we got to do fun activities. One of the activities he wanted to do at home too. It was really fun to hang out with him and I hope everyone else had a fun Grandparents Day.

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    Jake WyattSep 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Grandparent’s day was such a fun time. It was awesome for my grandparents to come to our school, and hang out with us during our school day. At noon, my grandparents signed me out early and I spent the rest of the afternoon with them!

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    Kaiden GarciaSep 25, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Sounds like it was a great day for grandparents all around. I’m glad God could give us a special day to spend with our grandparents!

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    Emily HalesSep 25, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Grandparents day was honestly a great day for us to see and spend more time with our grandparents. We got to have a good lunch with them and talk to them and get a lot closer.

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