St. Mary of the Assumption School hosted its annual Grandparents Day on Friday as a part of a national Catholic Schools Week celebration.
About 150 grandparents attended a lunch and toured classrooms Friday.
“For many families, grandparents are one of the strongest influences in children’s lives,” Principal Michelle Cox said. “It is from their strength and faith that the youth learn and understand there is more to life than just material wants and desires.”
Grandparents Earnie and Josie Baldiviez attended their 13th grandparents event at St. Mary’s school on Friday.
“We participate every year,” Josie Baldiviez said. “It’s a good way to bring everyone together.
Baldiviez grandchildren — Maddie Miller, 11, and Noah Martinez, 12 — are third-generation students at St. Mary of the Assumption School.
Eirhardt Klostermann, 5, is a new student at St. Mary’s. His grandparents, Bob and Sharon Klostermann, said they enjoyed watching him in school. Students learned basic reading skills and first letters. They cut out fishes and sung songs, the Klostermanns said.
“Back in my day, we didn’t learn all that stuff,” Bob Klostermann said.
Cox said Grandparents Day is about exposing grandparents to student activities and exposing students to the stories and traditions their grandparents share.
“We enjoy bringing our grandparents back because we’re a family,” she said.
Grandparents Day was the final weekday event celebrating Catholic Schools Week, which involved activities including an All City Catholic Schools Mass. About 600 students from four local Catholic schools attended the Mass on Monday.
St. Mary’s planned to host its annual Mardi Gras dinner, dance and auction today.