Tales of waffles and love

Published 9:57 pm Friday, September 10, 2010

Decklan Brooks makes waffles during Grandparent's Day at New Life Christian Academy. (Photo/Jaine Treadwell)

New Life Christian Academy in Troy celebrated Grandparents Day on Friday “waffled” between chocolate chips and strawberries.

Cathia Cook, owner of the Waffle House of Troy, was in the kitchen with her son, Decklan Brooks, and other helpers making strawberry and chocolate chip waffles for breakfast for the New Life students and their grandparents.

“This is National Waffle Week and Cathia graciously offered to make waffles for our Grandparents Day celebration,” said Polly Laird, academy principal. “The students have really been looking forward to having their grandparents visit them. They have made cards for them and they have their crafts on display and some classes have demonstrations planned on some of the things they have learned.”

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Annie Blackmon, who, with her husband, Willie, found the academy in 1990, said New Life Christian Academy has 60 students in grades K-12 and the school offers a back-to-the-basics curriculum.

“There is more to education that reading, writing and arithmetic,” Blackmon said. “At New Life Christian Academy, we also focus on the spiritual needs of our students. We start each day with prayer and our mission is to provide our students with a strong academic program that is balanced with a spiritual education as well.”

Blackmon said the emphasis at New Life is also on family and Grandparents Day is just one way that the school brings families together in a time of fellowship and learning.

“It is important to our students for their parents and grandparents to know what they are doing in school and for our parents and grandparents to take pride in their accomplishments,” she said. “Grandparents Day is a special day for our students and their grandparents and for parents, aunts, uncles and others who are a part of this day of family celebration.”