"It gave us an opportunity to get these people into our building," said Susan Thielen, an instructor at Wilson Elementary School.
"Grandparents are so important in their grandchildren's life, and we wanted them to see where their grandchildren go to school and what kind of things we do.We did have some grandparents that came both days." Thielen
was pleased with the high number of grandparents who ate lunch at the school with their grandchildren.
"We had a great turnout," she
said."Every day we thought our numbers were going to be a little bit down, but when it was lunch time they were up.So we were really pleased."Thielen
said those students who didn't have grandparents could invite someone from the community to eat lunch with them under a "grandfriends" program.
"That was really successful," she
said."We had a lot of people in the community who were excited about coming in."Thielen
said setting aside a special day for grandparents to come to the school and eat lunch with their grandchildren is something Wilson School wants to continue in the future.
"It's really important," she
said the response from the grandparents was overwhelmingly positive.
"Grandparents are wonderful," she