St. Christine’s hosts Grandparents’ Day

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.St. Christine's set up two photobooths in the school for students to use with their grandparent's May 3 at the schools annual Grandparents Day.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.A basket raffle was organized May 3 at St. Christine's school during their annual Grandparents Day to raise money to fund the event in the future.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.St. Christine's teacher Jennifer Dolaces talked with students and their grandparents May 3 at the schools annual Grandparents Day event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.St. Christine's student Arrianna Wendt sat in her class with her grandparents on May 2 during the school's annual Grandparents Day.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.St. Christine's student art work was on display in the gym May 3 during the schools annual Grandparents Day, where students and grandparents had the opportunity to purchase the students framed art pieces.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

St. Christine’s School hosted their 13th annual Grandparents Day event on May 3.

Students were encouraged to invite as many grandmas and grandpas as could come to a full day of events.

Teacher Jennifer Dolaces helped organize the event, and said that the program has become a staple at the school.

Three hundred and fourteen students brought their grandparents to school. More than 400 grandparents came to the event.

“Everyone loves it, we love having the grandparents here and they love visiting the kids at school,” she said.

The day kicked off with mass at 8:30 a.m.

After that, grandparents were allowed to roam the school with their grandchildren, visiting the variety of activities set up for them.

Dolaces said that students usually brought their grandparents to their classrooms first, to show them where they learn.

Teachers were stationed in their rooms to meet the grandparents and answer any questions they may have. Dolaces said many teachers also set up games and activities in their rooms for students to do.

After visiting the students rooms, grandparents were able to visit two different photo booths set up by the school and take photos with their grandchild free of charge. Teachers worked the photo booth, which included props for students and grandparents to pose with.

“It is a lot of fun, and a lot of students really enjoy taking pictures that they can keep forever,” Dolaces said.

Grandparents walked around the hallways of the school which were lined with poems and letters thanking the grandparents for all they do.

In preparation for the event, Dolaces said that many teachers added the project into their class work to say thank you to the grandparents for coming out.

The school also hosted an art show and a basket raffle in the gymnasium.

Dolaces said that proceeds from the basket raffle helped cover costs of the day and ensure they were able to host the event for years to come.

Art teacher Elise Petris said that the students chose a piece of art from their portfolio that was framed and displayed during the art show. Framed pieces were on sale to grandparents for $25.

Petris also acquired three local judges - Rebecca Clinton, Tammy Johnson and Bridget Petris - who chose three projects from each grade as first, second and third place winners.

“I think it really allows the grandparents to come in and see what we are doing in class, and how important art it is to students,” Petris said.

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