VERY SPECIAL VISITOR- Grandparent Trudy Kuipers visits with her grandson Liam VanderPlaat in the Kindergarten classroom of the Lacombe Christian School during the annual Grandparents and Senior Supporters Day.

Seniors visit Lacombe Christian School during Grandparents Day

Approximately 200 grandparents and grandfriends visited the Lacombe Christian School on Monday

Approximately 200 grandparents and grandfriends visited the Lacombe Christian School on Monday.

The annual Grandparents and Senior Supporters Day was a day for the students to show their appreciation for the seniors in their lives.

“It is one of our biggest social events of the year, and we always have a great turnout,” said Fiona Prins, development officer for Lacombe Christian School.

The day began with a special lunch in the West Campus gym just for the 230 grandparents. Attendees were treated to a lunch of soup and many desserts, all which were made by parents and families from the school.

After lunch, the grandparents and senior supports watched a short presentation put on by the Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.

As the students took to the stage, they were eager to wave at their grandparents and showcase some of their skills.

The two Kindergarten classes performed two songs, 10,000 Reasons and The Butterfly Song. The Grade 1 classes recited Psalm 1.

The Grade 2 students performed two poems they presented during the Lacombe Music Festival last month called God Thinks You’re Wonderful and Noise Day.

The Grade 2/3 class sang Thank You, Jesus. The Grade 2 class sang On Top of Old Spaghetti, a new take of On Top of Old Smokey. The Grade 4A class presented We Love our Grandparents, an original presentation with lettered signs noting the many reasons as to why they love spending time with their grandparents.

The Grade 5 classes performed two songs titled Holy, Holy, Holy and The Penguin Dance they also presented at the Lacombe Music Festival. The Grade 6 class rounded off the performances by reciting a poem called Grandparents, We Love You.

After the presentations, the grandfriends were invited to visit the students in their classrooms in either campus.

Each classroom was a bustling place, with the students playing games, reading, drawing or participating in some type of activity with their special visitors.

Grandparents spent the afternoon bonding with the students and building community across multiple generations.

National Grandparents Day, a day usually set aside in September, began in Canada in 1995.

The government declared the second Sunday in September of each year as Grandparents Day to acknowledge their importance in the structure of the family in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children.