The Enduring Love for our Grandparents

How can’t you love a holiday whose mere focus is centered on family, fellowship, faith and food? Although Thanksgiving is considered a secular holiday, its origins are rooted in gratitude to God for the many blessings for which He has bestowed upon our lives. And knowing that our school community has been greatly blessed, we used last week as an opportunity to give thanks and praise to our loving Father.

Of the many blessings that fill our lives, one such group holds a special place in the hearts of BEAR NATION. On Tuesday, November 20th, St. Agnes celebrated the special gift of our grandparents. The annual Grandparents Day event filled our campus with smiles and adoring love. This extraordinary occasion began with refreshments, rousing music and regaling of stories. Our grandparents and “special friends” began their day with a musical concert offered by both our Band and Choir groups. Our Crooning Cubs finished off their performance with a moving rendition of the 1971 hit “Betcha By Golly Wow” by the Stylistics. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that this legendary Motown reunited on the St. Agnes stage that afternoon to perform for our grandparent guests.

Following our musical performance and a little “Turkey Talk” as shared by yours truly, our special guests moved over to the church for a touching prayer service. This prayerful event was led by student representatives in grades 4-8 and served as a means in which to underscore the great blessing that grandparents are to the young BEARS at St. Agnes.

Following our liturgical celebration, our guests moved over to the activity center for an entertaining show that our grandparents and special guests won’t soon forget. Each one of our grade levels put on an entertaining presentation. The show numbers included some singing, a little bit of swaying, a lot of showboating and a significant number of smiles which stemmed from the St. Agnes stage that day. And after this memorable performance, our grandparents moved over to the school building to catch a glimpse of our classrooms as our students showed off some of the projects they have been working on.

As our guests left campus that day, the proud smiles the grandparents wore as they exited the building served as a fitting reminder to the sheer joy that our students provide to the patriarchs and matriarchs of their families. Given that my colleagues and I experience a similar daily feeling of joy as we watch our students laugh, love and learn within the Light of Christ, we can collectively appreciate the profound gift it is to be part of the lives of our students. We are all truly blessed!

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