On September 5, Wilderness Oak Elementary was full of fun activities as the school hosted it’s 2014 “Grandparents’ Day”.
The school-wide event highlighted the important role grandparents play in every young child’s life. Students were allowed to invite their relatives for a reception hosted by the school’s Parent Teacher Association before participating in activities special to each class and grade level.
Stacia Fitzsimon, principal of Wilderness Oak Elementary, said the goal of the day was to help the students make connections with their grandparents.
“We wanted to invite our grandparents to be a part of our campus, and be a part of our community,” principal Fitzsimon said. “Its really wonderful to have them here as part of the learning process.”
Brittany Wood, a first grade teacher at Wilderness Oak, said she was pleased with the turnout of guests in her room.
“I’m very excited, we have a completely full classroom. I think it’s just a very special day for the kids – to have their grandparents with them in the classroom to help make memories and to share an art project with them.”
One of those grandparents in attendance, Bruce Barnett, said he enjoyed seeing the children, and helping them work.
“It’s nice that the school does this, it’s fun to be here,” he said. “Hopefully the children take away from this that their grandparents love them. This is a fun, great way to show that.”
For those wondering where Grandparents’ Day came from, here’s a fun fact: National Grandparents Day was established back in 1978 by then president Jimmy Carter.