Mount Saint Mary’s students host grandparents |

Mount Saint Mary’s students host grandparents

Guests at Mount Saint Mary’s Grandparents dinner are seated waiting to be invited to line up for their spaghetti dinner.
Submitted photo |

Mount Saint Mary’s students began the year by inviting their grandparents and/or those who treat them like their grandchildren to join them for a dinner hosted by the MSM Parents Club.

Dinner, prepared by parents, consisted of spaghetti, Caesar salad, and garlic bread, and everyone’s favorite dessert, ice cream complete with a variety of toppings.

“Our goal was to thank and recognize those who are always supporting the students, whether dropping them off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon, participating in fundraisers, or volunteering at the school,” explained Sara Wagner, one of the organizers of the event.

Parents spent much of the day decorating St. Patrick’s Parish Hall and preparing a delicious feast. The spaghetti sauce, prepared by Lisa Jackson and Michelle Meyers, was authentic Italian, and the decorations included white light centerpieces and placemats that could be drawn on and colored while waiting for dinner to be served.

As the children, dressed in their Sunday best, and their guests arrived, they were invited to take part in a craft project that had them create picture frames that will display the photographs taken at the event. Grandparents and grandchildren gathered in front of a clever backdrop for photos of their groups. The backdrop wording, “A grandparent’s love is strong and deep, filled with memories to cherish and keep,” served as a simple theme for the evening.

“This is a great event that allows the children to spend time with their grandparents,” said Principal Edee Woods.

Many parents enjoyed their own “date night” since their children were out entertaining their grandparents.

“The food, activities and entertainment were great. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. The art project, along with the pictures taken, was a great idea as a memento of the evening with our grandchildren,” said Teresa Kachmarsky, who has two grandchildren, a fourth and first grader, at the school.

Since this year’s event was such a success, next year’s Grandparents and Grandfriends dinner has already been scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 in honor of Grandparents Day.

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