Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
District Five schools hold events recognizing grandparents
IRMO – National Grandparents Day was Sunday, Sept. 7, and several elementary schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five gave a nod to the observance and to grandparents with a handful of events.
From “Grits for Grandparents” to “Goodies for Grandparents,” events are held annually district-wide to encourage grandparents to be involved in school activities. At Harbison West Elementary, nearly 100 people signed up to eat lunch with students on Monday, Sept. 8 as the school held its “Grandparents Appreciation Luncheon.”
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 want all community members and all family members involved in supporting our students. We also want our students to know that all of us are involved in making sure they are successful, and those are some of the reasons for the Grandparents Appreciation Luncheon.”
Dutch Fork Elementary held a two-day “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day” event on Friday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 8. A few hundred people participate in the event each year, school officials said.
“We have a great response each year,” said Julius Scott, Dutch Fork Elementary School principal. “This event is designed to thank our grandparents for their contributions and also to get them into the school so that they’re actively involved in it.”
Grandparents like Susan McLane and Harriet Conway, who attended Leaphart Elementary School’s “Grits for Grandparents” event on Sept. 5, said events like these help them feel involved and welcomed at the school.
“It’s a great way to introduce grandparents to the school,” Conway said.
McLane said she has been involved in activities at the school for years and will continue that tradition with her granddaughter Grace. “Grace’s father, Mark McLane, was in fifth grade here at Leaphart the first year it opened… (And) Grace was excited all week about us coming to school.”