PROUD PARADERS: Banks Primary students march for Grandparents Day

Published 3:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2018

Grandparents Day at Banks Primary was indeed a “grand” day.

For the first time ever, the school presented an on-campus parade that featured every grade level, Pre-K through third grade.

Grandparents lined the parade route and enjoyed complimentary “Moon Pies” that were tagged with “We love you to the moon and back,” and bottled water. They were adorned with red, white and blue beads in celebration of “their” day and in honor of America.

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The parade was the culminating activity from a story in the Kindergarten Reading Series titled, “We Are So Proud.”

“The story is about a class that decorated a float in patriotic colors to be in a school parade,” said Sabrina Thomas, kindergarten teacher. “We talked about the symbols of the United States during social studies and tied the two subjects, reading and social studies, together. The amazing words in the story were proud, cooperation, float, preparation, guide and creation.”

Thomas said the parade provided students with opportunities for text-to-self and text-to-word connections.

“We had the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam and a Bald Eagle in our parade,” she said.

Grandparents were able to freely visit the school and campus.

“With their grandchildren, they could visit five different photo booths that were set up and they could also visit the Banks Primary School Book Fair,” Thomas said. “STEM activities were set up for the students and their grandparents to enjoy. Students, teachers and grandparents really did have a grand day.”