NEWPORT -- United Christian Academy welcomed 60 guests on May 1 for a morning designed to honor the important role that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. A continental breakfast was followed by a program that included an address by Rev. Glenn Saaman, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, Derby; reflection by two UCA alumni who are now faculty members, Luke Cochran and Aimee Garland; and music by the student worship band and Rezound handbell ensemble.
After the program, the grandparents were invited to join their grandchildren in their classrooms and participate in specially planned lessons. Grandparents of junior high students took part in a discussion on the classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," while the kindergarteners did a special musical performance on their colored bells.
Grandparents' Day is just one of the ways that UCA strives to support families in their endeavor to raise children who will not only succeed in school, but in life. The grandparents enjoyed their special day and are already looking forward to next year's event.
United Christian Academy is celebrating its 20th year of Protestants and Catholics uniting in academic excellence. It is the only multi-denominational school of its kind in the area offering this type of spiritual, cultural, and academic collaboration.