Grandparents visit school for National Grandparents Day
September 21, 2018
Aaron J. Tohtsoni
Gila River Indian News
The Early Education Child Care Development Services invited students’ grandparents to classrooms during the afternoon on Sept. 13. National Grandparents Day was Sept. 9 but was a Sunday so they decided to celebrate the following week and give students the opportunity to relax with their grandparents.
“We were proud to see how many grandparents came out,” said teacher Ivy Cheater. “It was nice for the kids to spend time with their grandparents and show them the artwork they made.”
The holiday has been celebrated in the United State since 1978 and recently has been picked up by other countries. The Center has students as young as 6-week-olds up to 5-year-olds. Grandparents made it out to each of the different age classes to spend time and enjoy a lunch with their grandchildren, who were eager to present them with their art, show them around the classroom and play with toys.
“I was very excited to be invited for Grandparent’s Day,” said Deborah King-Manuel who was visiting her grandson along with her husband, Norm Manuel. “I requested time off in advance because to me, we grandparents get a day and an opportunity to show our love for our grandchildren. We have a vital role in the families and the younger ones need to know the strength, guidance, love and support we have to offer and give to them.”