GLANDORF — More than 1,000 grandparents had the opportunity to celebrate their grandchildren Thursday by enjoying breakfast and lunch, hearing a singing program and touring classrooms at Glandorf Elementary.
It was the annual Grandparents Day at the school, marking more than 30 years of the program, said principal Scott Ketner.
“Today is an opportunity to see what their grandchildren are doing in school and meet their teachers,” Ketner said. “We like to show off our school and all of the great things happening in our building.”
Students kindergarten through eighth grade sang songs in the gym for their grandparents with tunes such as “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” “It’s Time To Move Along” and “Pass It Along,” directed by choir directors Ted Ellerbrock and Dana Brown.
Third-grader Brennen Bailey showed his grandparents, Bill and Joyce Goecke, a biography project he did on Walt Disney and drawings of a rabbit and bird he made.
The Baileys have 12 grandchildren, two who attend Glandorf Elementary. Their daughter, Sheri Wehri, is a third-grade teacher at the school.
“It’s fun to see all of the work they do and the choir show,” Joyce said. They have enjoyed seeing their grandson’s flag football program and Christmas program.
Brennen said he liked to show his grandparents his classroom and artwork.
Bill said he is proud of his grandkids, and it is a joy to come to the school for a visit that he said is family oriented.
Grandparents were greeted at the entrance of the school with students who passed out candy bars with messages that read “Grandparents may not have a sweet tooth, but they have a sweet heart and also received a schedule for the day.
Glandorf Elementary kindergarten teacher Robyn Schmiedebusch said students look forward to having their grandparents visit the school.
“The students like to show their grandparents what they have learned, and they are proud to show them where they sit in the classroom and the activities they do,” Schmiedebusch said. She said she hopes the students come away with a sense of love and the importance of family and sharing life experiences.
Judy Hermiller, head cook, worked with eight other employees to serve coffee and donuts in the school cafeteria to grandparents. Lunch was chicken fingers, rolls, noodles, salad, peas and a cookie.
“Last year we served 1,100 people, and we expect to serve more than that this year,” Hermiller said. “I hope they enjoy their day with their grandchildren and enjoy their lunch and breakfast,” Hermiller said.
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