Although September 11, 2016 officially marked National Grandparents Day, Oak Lawn-Hometown School 123’s Covington School celebrated this past Monday with a new event inviting the grandparents of the community into the school for some good old-fashioned fun.
The special day for grandparents has been celebrated for the past 38 years across the United States. Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a woman who educated people throughout the 1970s about the important contributions senior citizens made, has been credited with the creation and recognition of the holiday. The first Sunday of September following Labor Day marks the official celebration each year.
To mark this special day for grandparents, the Covington PTO and school staff sponsored a Games with Grandparents evening. The event brought in over 150 families excited to play classic games including checkers and connect four. In one corner of the school, students sat next to their Grandparents and exercised their creative genius by designing and flying different paper airplanes. Kelly Zimmerman, Principal of Covington School commented,
“The evening was a smashing success. We could not have accomplished this wonderful event without the leadership of our PTO and staff. Our event provided students the opportunity to spend time with their grandparents, and grandparents an opportunity to see and experience the school their grandchildren attend every day. When it came down to it, we simply wanted a way to thank our grandparents for all the support they provide for our students and families.”