Divine Savior Academy celebrated its first ever Grandparents Day on Tuesday, October 22. Grandparents were invited to spend the day on campus with the school???s elementary students, and if grandparents could not attend, other family members or friends were invited to step in as substitutes.
Grandparents Day is a national holiday celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day weekend, and a holiday traditionally celebrated by schools during the fall. Divine Savior designated October 22 its official Grandparents Day.
???Here at DSA, we value our students??? families as an integral part of their lives. Grandparents and other family members play such an important role in a child???s life, and we want to teach our students to value, respect, and cherish their families,??? said Early Childhood Director Shawna Mehlberg.
Mehlberg organized the inaugural Grandparents Day event at Divine Savior Academy along with School Superintendent Carlos Leyrer and Director of Advancement Ginger Poulos. The day began with a special service led by Leyrer, who also serves DSA as its School Pastor. The program acknowledged the grandparent???s role not just in the physical and emotional development of children, but the spiritual one as well. Students showed their gratitude by performing several songs for their family members during this service.
After the program was finished, students returned to their own classrooms to participate in a morning of activities with their grandparents and family members. Children got the chance to introduce their grandparents to each other, read stories to their family members, carve pumpkins, and play relay races.
???We???ll definitely make Grandparents Day an annual event. I would definitely call it a success. It???s quite special to witness a day devoted to grandparents and families. I???m proud to be a part of a school that makes families a priority,??? enthused Poulos.