Ramsey celebrates Grandparents Day

With song and dance – and a sweet reception, too – Ramsey Elementary School second-grade students celebrated Grandparents Day May 15.

The children took the stage in the gymnasium and sang a selection of songs to an appreciative crowd, many of whom recorded the event with photographs.

As classmates sing the Japanese folk song “Firefly,” Elijah Vang, Parker Moseman, Vika Veremchuk, Tayler Danielson, Sarah Ly and Crosby Perry provide accompaniment on the xylophones. Photos by Sue Austreng
As classmates sing the Japanese folk song “Firefly,” Elijah Vang, Parker Moseman, Vika Veremchuk, Tayler Danielson, Sarah Ly and Crosby Perry provide accompaniment on the xylophones. Photos by Sue Austreng

During brief interludes between songs, Principal Jeff Clusiau read students’ completion of the sentence, “My grandpa (or grandma) is special because …”

Those entries praised grandparents’ generosity (“she buys me whatever I want”), their wisdom (“he helps me with homework”) and their silliness (“Whenever I talk about girls, Grandpa starts acting like one”).

Prizes were awarded to the grandparents in attendance who were married the longest, had the most grandchildren and who traveled the farthest to attend Grandparents Day at Ramsey Elementary School.

Following the activity in the gymnasium, students and their grandparents retreated to the second-grade classrooms and enjoyed a sweet treat of cookies and punch.

“Our students really have a good time with Grandparents Day, and I think the grandparents enjoy it, too,” Clusiau said.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]

Charlie Chapman, Lydia Lakanen, Spencer Schmid, Sydney O’Connor and Tanner Hawkinson dance and clap to the music of the Kentucky folk song, “Rocky Mountain” as they entertain grandparents during Ramsey Elementary School’s May 15 celebration of Grandparents Day. Kaci Manthey turns to offer her grandpa a cookie during a reception following Ramsey Elementary School’s musical celebration of Grandparents Day.
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Charlie Chapman, Lydia Lakanen, Spencer Schmid, Sydney O’Connor and Tanner Hawkinson dance and clap to the music of the Kentucky folk song, “Rocky Mountain” as they entertain grandparents during Ramsey Elementary School’s May 15 celebration of Grandparents Day.