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Grandparents 'hang out' on campus

Traffic flow in the halls and on the staircases between classes considerably slowed as nearly 300 rosy-cheeked grandparents previewed a day in the life of their grandchildren on Grandparents Day, Sept. 6.

Various silver-haired guests politely popped their heads into classrooms in search of their beloved lineage. The minimal interruptions went virtually unnoticed and the slower pace of the usually hectic scramble to the next class offered no inconvenience to the students.

“It’s wonderful that the administration gives us this opportunity,” Tom Robertson, grandfather of Mikey Wills, ’06, said. “I attended Biology class and thoroughly enjoyed their interesting experiments. I also watched the flag football games during P.E.”

Students reciprocated the enthusiasm their grandparents felt for the singular event on campus.

“It’s fun to have them here,” Megan Gable, ’03, said. “It’s great for them to be able to see what we do and how our school functions internally.”

Volunteers who put in hours of tedious organizing for the special day anxiously awaited the rain the hazy sky foreshadowed. Teachers watched with nervous eyes as they patrolled the lunch area for rowdy students. Despite the dreary weather and possibilities of all that could have gone amiss, those who attended Grandparent’s Day positively glowed with delight.

“It’s wonderful to get to spend time with them,” Jimmy Carlton, the Gable’s grandmother said. I think it’s good for the school and it was very nice of them to send us invitations in the mail and provide lunches.”

The anticipated day presents the same visitation opportunity for elementary and junior high students as well.

“I am very proud of my grandson,” Ellie Griffioen, grandmother of 6th grader Robbie Diepersloot said. “It’s interesting to see how he spends his time here. The communication they [the students] have with their teachers is quite impressive.”

When the grandparents had gone and the luncheon tables cleaned, the day was deemed a success by students, grandparents, and volunteers alike.” “Lacy Hearnsberger” “Nearly 300 grandparents visited campus on Sept. 6 for the annual Grandparents Day. Grandparents were treated to lunch and a tour of campus. They were also invited to sit in on classes in the morning. Here Meagan Gable, left, and Courtney, right, pause after lunch with her grandparents, the Carltons.” “Lacy Hearnsberger” “After playing flag football during P.E., Mickey Wills, ?06, left, walked his grandfather, Tom Robertson, to a lunch sponsored by campus during Grandparents Day on Sept. 6. Richardson had spent the period watching Wills “star” on the field.” “

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