Grandparents spotted at Avalon Elementary

Image: Terry Helms (Grandpa), Anna Aparicio (Grandma) and great-grandma Alice aparicio and Ashlynn Wright (Pre-K 4).

Terry Helms (Grandpa), Anna Aparicio (Grandma) and great-grandma Alice aparicio and Ashlynn Wright (Pre-K 4). (Cindy Sutherland)

Grandparents Day was celebrated at Avalon Elementary on Friday, the 6th of September. What is Grandparents Day you might ask? It is the day Grandparents are honored. So in keeping with the tradition grandparents were invited to share lunch with their grandchildren. Apparently, Avalon Elementary student’s grandparents take this day very seriously! There were so many grandparents they had to have two rooms to hold them all.

Grandparents day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day in the United States. It is believed that Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia was the driving force behind this day of observance. Realizing what important contributions senior citizens made and what contributions they would be willing to make if asked, she worked very hard to educate the people about the importance of grandparents. National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

Kelvin and Gwen Loper, grandparents to Lillie and Baylee Brewster said, “This is really nice to be able to have lunch with our grandchildren. We went last year and love Avalon ISD. There are so many nice teachers.”

Allen Lane came to eat lunch with his grandson J.C. Smith. He said, “I just wanted to be here today and eat lunch with J.C. and am glad grandparents are so welcomed here.”

Jan and Ron Jakubik were sharing lunch with their granddaughter, Lyla Sutton, they expressed their gratitude by saying, “It is so great Avalon ISD welcomes us to share lunch on this special day. This is a fantastic school and I am really glad Lyla attends school here.”

Another great day of celebration at Avalon Elementary.