Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A C.H. Campbell Elementary School second-grade student browsed the book fair with her grandmother during the school’s annual Grandparents Day on Nov. 15.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.C.H. Campbell Elementary School second-graders performed a Veterans Day themed program during the school’s annual Grandparents Day on Nov. 15.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.C.H. Campbell Elementary School second-grade student Nicky Paul Davis invited his grandmother, Nana, to the school’s annual Grandparents Day where they enjoyed doing an art project together on Nov. 15.
By ABBY SLANKER
C.H. Campbell Elementary School second-grade students welcomed a group of very special visitors to their school Nov. 15. The students invited their grandparents to the school’s annual Grandparents Day and performed a musical program for them in the gym. The day also included a classroom presentation, art project, bowling and a visit to the book fair.
C.H. Campbell Elementary School Principal Travis Lavery welcomed the grandparents to school.
“Good morning everyone and welcome to Grandparents Day. Our second-grade students have worked very hard preparing for this program and want to make you as proud as possible. You are definitely going to enjoy it. We are going to start today with our Veterans Day themed musical program under the direction of Mr. Fay. Thank you for coming. I truly appreciate it and I know your grandchildren appreciate it, too,” Lavery said.
The second-graders began their program by leading the audience in singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Next, a skit was performed by a group students, about what a veteran is and conducting research and learning about Veterans Day for a school project.
The second-graders took the stage again and led the audience in singing “God Bless America.” The students then performed “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The students also acted as narrators, giving the audience facts about and the history of Veterans Day.
To honor grandparents in the audience who were veterans, the second-graders performed “Salute to Armed Forces,” during which veterans were asked to stand during their branch’s song, to resounding applause.
In their final performance, and to give a special thank you to all veterans, second-grade teacher Patricia Mosure joined the second-grade students in singing “Proud To Be An American,” to a standing ovation.
“Didn’t they do an amazing job today? I would like to thank Mr. Fay for all his hard work in putting on this program. I would also like to thank our second grade teachers for all their help preparing their classroom presentations. And Mrs. Leonard for the art project. Thank you everyone for all your hard work,” Lavery said.
After the program, the students and their grandparents went back to their classrooms, or to the art room for an art project or to the book fair or stayed in the gym for a round of bowling. At the appointed time, the classes rotated places so everyone could visit each activity.
In the art room, art teacher Diane Leonard gave a short presentation on hand-based learning. She then read a poem, which she also passed out to the students and their grandparents and asked them to decorate the page together in any way they chose with colored pencils, markers and crayons.
During the classroom visits, students ‘interviewed’ their grandparents, or very important people, by asking them several questions and recording their answers on a special Grandparents Day paper.
In honor of Grandparents Day, the teachers and students also set up the Museum of Life Long Ago, which contained artifacts which were used prior to 1980. On display were a rotary phone, vinyl records, a coffee grinder, a Polaroid camera, an ice cube tray, cassette tapes and VHS tapes.