Johnston County

Southside Christian honors grandparents

Grandparents Kent and Sari Woodard with grandson Will Ward.
Grandparents Kent and Sari Woodard with grandson Will Ward. SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN

Southside Christian School in Clayton held its first Grandparents’ Honor Day April 22. More than 225 guests attended student performances and received personalized letters, bookmarks and other mementos.

Several grandparents traveled from out of state to attend, some from as far as Illinois and Florida. The honor of farthest distance traveled went to grandparents from North Dakota.

“The grandparents were not disappointed,” said Principal Jenene Davis. “The quality time spent together is a memory maker to be cherished for years to come.”

Grandparents enjoyed a continental breakfast, a photo opportunity to memorialize the event and time to play and interact with the children and teachers. Watching some grandparents playing football with students was an experience that delighted everyone, the principal said.

If grandparents were unable to attend, students invited a “grandfriend” to fill the role. Friends from church, parents and even a pastor joined in to ensure every child had a special friend.

The sense of community and caring will have a lasting impact on the student body, Davis said. “The event was such a success that we are already looking forward to next school year,” she said.

Southside Christian School believes that partnering with families is the key to success in impacting students, Davis said. As this opportunity for family interaction demonstrates, a multi-generational event brings joy to everyone involved, she said.