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Published on September 13th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five schools hold events recognizing grandparents

Pictured, Sandra Brown enjoys lunch with her granddaughter during Harbison West Elementary’s Grandparents Appreciation Luncheon.

IRMO – National Grandparents Day was Sunday, Sept. 13, and several elementary schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five gave a nod to the observance and to grandparents with a variety of events.

From Grits for Grandparents to Grandparent Appreciation activities, events are held annually district-wide to encourage grandparents to be involved in school activities. At Ballentine Elementary, biscuits and fresh fruit greeted a large crowd of grandparents at the school’s Grandparents Day Celebration on Sept. 11. More than 500 people registered for the event, now in its third year.

Flo Whiteside and Anita Teffeteller traveled from Smokey Mountain, Tennessee to attend the event.

“Grandparents Day is very special to his grandmother and me, so we wanted to make this day special for our grandson, Ivin” said Whiteside, Ivin’s great-grandmother. “We didn’t think we would have any grandchildren, so Ivin was a nice surprise. We’re lucky to have him and wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”

In the school’s gymnasium, sisters Ezelle and Finley Sternenberg sat in a large group that included the girls’ Grandma, Apa, Mimi, Grandaddy and PaPa, each wearing shirts with their grandparent nicknames embroidered on them.

“I love them,” seven-year-old Ezelle said of her grandparents.

“Me too,” five-year-old Finley enthusiastically added, prompting an eruption of laughter from the proud grandparents.

A similar scene of doting grandparents and great-grandparents was found at Harbison West Elementary where hundreds of people signed up to eat lunch with students at the school’s Grandparents Appreciation Luncheon on Sept. 8.

Principal Arthur Newton said, “We truly believe in the concept that it takes a village to raise a child, so we don’t just count on parents. We hold this event and events like this to encourage all family and community members to be involved in supporting and making our students successful.”

Dutch Fork Elementary planned a two-day “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day” event on Friday, Sept. 11 and Monday, Sept. 14. A few hundred people participate in the event each year, school officials said.

“We have great response each year,” said Julius Scott, Dutch Fork Elementary School principal. “This event is designed to thank our grandparents for their contributions and make them feel welcomed at the school so that they’ll be actively involved in it.”

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