Students And Staff At Good Shepherd Honor Grandparents

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Good Shepherd Catholic School student Joshua Jackson is joined by his younger sister Olivia, his parents Micheline and Jeremy Jackson, grandparents Ralph and Betty Jackson, and grandmother Margaret Schlup, representing three generations of their family at Grandparents Day.

Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury observed a long-standing tradition on Nov. 21 -- hosting it's annual Grandparent's Day celebration.

Students and staff in Good Shepherd's Early Education program, serving Pre-School, Pre-K and Kindergarten, welcomed grandparents and "Significant Elders" to their classrooms at the Father Lively Center on Winter Street. Students enjoyed showing their grandparent's their classrooms, and giving handmade gifts. Then they enjoyed each other's company in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Church, where they had refreshments and watched a video presentation on activities the students had been involved with during the first few months of school.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the entire student body, Pre-School though eighth grade, along with faculty and staff, joined grandparents for a special service, honoring them at St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Chris Micale, associate pastor, celebrated with a packed church, emphasizing the importance of family, extended family, and deep rooted values and traditions within Good Shepherd that make celebrations like these shape and mold the students' lives.

Hundreds of students and their families continued the celebration at Good Shepherd Catholic School on Maple Street. There, students and their families enjoyed refreshments, entertainment, and visited classrooms where students "interviewed" their grandparents about what it was like to be a child, as well as developed their family tree. This time was not only to celebrate the students' grandparents, but also to remind students of the faith, knowledge and guidance elders have to offer us.

This event was the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognize the importance of every Good Shepherd Catholic School family member, young or old.

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