A ‘grand’ celebration at Banks

Published 10:09 pm Friday, October 8, 2010

Ge'Nijha Calhoun, Griffin Earles, Ian Foster, Justice Earles, and Richard Eagerton hold up crafts that they made. (Photo/Lindsey Robinson)

It was a celebration of family at Banks Primary School Friday as kindergarteners through third-graders brought their grandmas and grandpas – and Mimis, and Pawpaws, and Grammies, and Nanas, and Gamp-gamps, and Go-gos – inside their classrooms.

Hundreds of grandparents and grandkids gathered at the school for crafts and a slideshow presentation, where each grade showed funny videos and sang songs.

Banks Primary School has hosted Grandparents Day for students for the past 12-14 years, kindergarten teacher Sabrina Thomas said.

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“Grandparents Day is one of our biggest turnouts,” she said. “Grandparents love their grandchildren, and the children love them. They light up.”

Sherman and Janiece Stafford, from Troy, visited the school to see their grandkids Anna Rose and Ryan Price.

“We love to come see what they’re learning,” Sherman Stafford said. “This is an excellent school with great teachers.”

The kindergarteners and first-graders had their day in the morning, while the older kids waited until the afternoon so that the school wouldn’t be swarming with grannies and papas, Principal Mark Head said.

Zenequa Fowler, a third-grader, held a hefty pumpkin as she sat with her smiling grandparents, Johnny and Consulla Fowler, at the end of their presentation. “I gave my grandmamma a card, and I sang to her,” Zenequa said.