Each September DeGrazia welcomes to our campus the Grandparents of our students. This day provides an opportunity for our children to share their school experience with these family members who may not otherwise have the chance to be on our campus. We appreciate the sharing of life experiences that Grandparents offer to our students. We have great attendance from grandparents for this special day. Grandparents and children are provided a special breakfast in our cafeteria. Grandparents visit classrooms, meet teachers, talk to the classes and spend time reading to the classes. It is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for staff, students, and grandparents. Check our school calendar for the exact date of our annual Grandparent's day.
There are about four million children in three million households being raised by their grandparents. Five million children live in a household with a grandparent present. It seems that a number of grandmas and grandpas, formerly in the business of "spoiling" grandchildren, are taking on additional responsibilities that involve their grandchildren.
In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents. The first Grandparent's Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia. In 1978, five years after its West Virginia inception, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent's Day. (September was chosen for the holiday, to signify the "autumn years" of life.)
Thank You Grandparents
For all that grandparents do, we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our senior citizens on Grandparent's Day. We hope you are able to join us for this wonderful event. If you have questions about our annual Grandparent's Day please contact our school office at 579-4800.