Grandparents Day 2017 at New Hampton School

Grandparents Bring Joy

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On Monday, we welcomed over 200 guests for Grandparents Day at New Hampton School. Some arrived on their own, others were accompanied by parents (their children), siblings, aunts, and uncles.

Schools today are very different than the schools that many of our grandparents experienced. It is a joy for faculty and students alike to show off our community, have classes with grandparents, and caught a glimpse of the culture and character that make Husky Nation such a special place to go to school.

Grandparents attended classes and school meeting with their grandchildren.
Grandparents attended classes and school meeting with their grandchildren.

Grandparents Day 2017 featured some new and special activities. In art class with Ms. Periera, students carved drawings of their grandparents, rolled them with ink, and transferred their prints to paper to make portraits. Community Meeting showcased the first ever game of “How Well do you Know your Grandparent / Grandchild?” in which grandchild and grandparent sat back to back on stage and answered questions about one another. This led to many shared laughs throughout the theater. Grandparents were privileged with the first Contemporary Music Lab Performance of the year and also had portraits taken with their grandchild by the pond before heading into lunch.

The community played "How well do you know your grandparent/grandchild at school meeting.
The community played “How well do you know your grandparent/grandchild at school meeting.

For the grandparents that were lucky enough to join us on campus, it is a truly special day that provides a window into the daily life of their grandchildren. It also brings out the best in our students as they slow down to help their grandparents across campus, introduce them to their friends and teachers, carefully explain their coursework, and look out for their elders.

Students cut out prints of their grandparents and printed portraits in art class.
Students cut out prints of their grandparents and printed portraits in art class.

In return, the campus is filled with joy and smiles. Our visitors generously expressed gratitude for the commitment of our faculty and commented on the exceptional growth and happiness they noted in their grandchildren. You can view photos from the day on our Flickr account. Many thanks to all of our guests who made the trip to campus for this special occasion.

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