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Sun Valley Elementary celebrates grandparents with breakfast

Susan Keenan and her husband, Bob “Pap Pap” Keenan enjoy breakfast with their grandson, Benjamin, 6, a kindergarten student at Sun Valley Elementary School, during the school's first ever Grandparents Day.

Grandparents were the honored guests at Sun Valley Elementary School recently when the school held its first “Grandparents Day.”

The Jan. 24, 2014, breakfast had the halls lined with smiling elementary students holding the hands of, or standing next to, their visiting grandparent.

“We’re going to make this an annual event,” said school principal Dr. Terri Cooper. “We had a phenomenal turnout.”

Cooper said about 300 grandparents came to have breakfast with about 210 students. “It’s an opportunity to get the grandparents out to see the great things we’re doing at Sun Valley Elementary,” she added.

The celebration included two musical selections performed by students. Sun Valley Elementary music teacher Rebecca Vickers led students with the performance of “I Like Wrinkles” and “Sweet Guava Jelly.”

There was also a poetry reading and an opportunity for grandparents to share memorable events in their lives, when they attended school.

Onlookers would have had a hard time deciding who was having more fun, the students or the adults.

“I am so excited to be able to come to school and be ‘Grandma’,” said former Porter Ridge Middle teacher Pam Howe from Indian Trail. “I taught for years and it’s just so good to come back and just be grandma.”

Her granddaughter agreed. “I’m having fun because it’s grandparents’ day and you get to eat with your grandparents,” said 6-year-old kindergarten student Riley Langille. “I’m so glad I get to eat with her (Howe).”

Like most of the other grandparents in attendance, Indian Trail resident Debra Tucker, said she enjoyed spending quality time talking with her granddaughter, Joanna Burns, 8, a third grader at Sun Valley Elementary School.

Cooper said that grandparents traveled from as far away as Georgia and Alabama to be with their grandchildren.

With the huge turnout, Cooper said next year she will look at dividing the breakfast into two events – one for grandparents of kindergarten through second-grade students and the other for grandparents of students in the third through fifth grades.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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