Friday, September 14, 2012

Grandparents Celebrated at RGCCISD Schools

It’s the time of the year for the national celebration of the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. RGCCISD marked the celebration of Grandparent’s Day by holding special ceremonies for grandparents to spend quality time with their grandchildren at many of its schools.

At Roque Guerra Jr. Elementary, school administrators served up a breakfast of quiche and sweet bread while grandparents visited with their grandchildren and enjoyed a game of bingo.

“We wanted to change things up this year and have the grandparents come in and do something that they would really enjoy and it turned out well,” said Guerra Elementary Principal Virginia Gonzalez. “Their role is very significant to reinforce the importance of school, to remind their grandchild to stay focused and to learn respect. Those are important lessons that grandparents bring to the table and we are so fortunate so many of them came out to celebrate with us.”

“My granddaughters are both in kindergarten and I really enjoy being a part of their lives,” said Socorro Villarreal, grandmother of Brianna and Amelia Villarreal. “I enjoy my time with them, and as a grandparent I get to help them with fun activities like this, as well as to help guide them become the people they want to be in life.”

At General Ricardo Sanchez Elementary, the event started with a greeting from school Librarian Elizabeth Perez.

“On behalf of the staff I want to welcome you here today because you are very important in your grandchild’s development,” she said. “You are as essential as vitamins to them.”

After a special serenade by fourth grade student Diego Marroquin, Perez also took the opportunity to encourage grandparents to engage their grandchildren in stories and reading.

“For those grandparents that don’t speak English, sometimes the children take home their books and they are in English, but you don’t have to read it; you can sit down  with the child and have them share the story with you,” she explained. “And sometimes it’s even better to start at the end of the story and work forward so that you can see that the child is picking up the story lines. The big thing is to involve your grandchildren and let them be part of creating the story.”

The festivities concluded with a game of bingo and a snack in the school cafeteria.

Above Photo caption:
Socorro Villarreal, grandmother of kindergartners Brianna and Amelia Villarreal, celebrates Grandparent’s Day at Roque Guerra Jr. Elementary School.

Grandparents Are A TREAT! - On Monday, September 10, 2012, North Grammar Elementary Library hosted Goodies for Grandparents.  Grandparents were invited to accompany their grandchild to the school library and read to them or, as in some cases, be read to by them. The school administration provided “goodies” for all of the grandparents.  North Grammar Elementary administration and staff would like to THANK everyone who made this event so successful and GRAND.

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