Lexington-Richland Five celebrates grandparents across district

Grandparents enjoy lunch with one of their favorite students at a Lexington-Richland Five Grandparents Day celebration.

Grandparents enjoy lunch with one of their favorite students at a Lexington-Richland Five Grandparents Day celebration.

National Grandparents Day isn’t until Sunday, but that didn’t stop Lexington-Richland Five from celebrating the influential people a little early.

The past two weeks have been filled with events including “Grits for Grandparents” to “Goodies for Grandparents.” Grandparents are able to see where their loved ones attend school while the kids get to show off their classrooms.

Hundreds of people visited Dutch Fork Elementary to enjoy lunch on Sept. 6 and Sept. 9 as the school hosted a two days of “Grandparents and Grandfriends” activities.

“We had very good response. It takes a whole community – parents, grandparents, educators and concerned citizens – to educate our children. This event is designed to thank our grandparents for their contributions and also to get them into the school so that they’re actively involved in it,” said Dutch Fork Elementary Principal Julius Scott.

After almost 300 attended “Grandparents and Grandfriends” last year, people traveled from as far as Tennessee to visit this September. Beverly Castleberry, a grandmother of two Dutch Fork Elementary students, was one of many who greatly appreciated the invitation.

“I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother and great-grandmother in my life growing up, and everything that I know about life comes from them. So, I’m passing that on,” she said. “And also, it takes a village to raise our children. I’m that village child. I was raised by a village of people. So, I’m here for my grandchildren and all the children. This lets the children know that someone cares.”

Categories: Education, Lexington County, Richland County

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