Gem State Hosts Grandparents' Day
New voices and laughter mixed with the everyday school sounds at Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) on Nov. 7 as grandparents traveled from near and far to spend a special day with their students. More than 80 grandparents and adoptive seniors spent the day relating with students in a tribute to the role that grandparents can play in the lives of young people.
Dee Sarton, KTVB television news anchor, started the morning with reminiscences of what her grandparents had meant in her life and of teaming up with her father to share the extraordinary relationship he has with her daughter and son. The GSAA music department gave a concert featuring strings, bells, band and select choir, which showcased the diversity of skills and music already mastered this year. A luncheon provided special sharing time and photo opportunities to remember the day. Zion, the performing schnauzer, and trainer Joy Mathews, shared tricks and lessons that related to spiritual growth. Flips, jumps, stacks and music were all part of the gymnastics show that rounded out the afternoon.
Linda Klinger, GSAA development director, said, "Grandparents' Day is designed to take students back a generation or two and make grandparents feel like teens again. We hope this event facilitates tighter bonds and a broadened understanding between seniors and students."