‘The importance of grandparents’


MES celebrates National Grandparents Day

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.


MONARCH — A day that celebrates “the importance of grandparents” was recently celebrated at Monarch Elementary School.

In a statement released last week, Monarch Elementary School Principal Mickey Connolly announced that MES had celebrated National Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch.

”Having these special visitors was a nice treat for the students and staff,” Connolly said.

Connolly said Monday that he estimated a total of approximately 400 grandparents had lunch at the school with their grandchildren.

According to the Legacy Project website (www.legacyproject.org) “National Grandparents Day falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. … It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.”

The website states that “there are three purposes for National Grandparents Day” with those purposes being:

• To honor grandparents.

• To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.

• To help children become aware of the strength information and guidance older people can offer.

The website states that “Mrs. McQuade wanted Grandparents Day to be a family day. She envisioned families enjoying small, private gatherings, perhaps even a family reunion, or participating in community events. On a societal level, National Grandparents Day gives us a chance to publicly affirm the identity and importance of grandparents, that they do play a vital role in families.”

Mrs. McQuade’s efforts to have a day set aside honor grandparents begin in 1970 and continued throughout the 1970s until, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter, in response to a resolution passed by Congress, issued a proclamation that designated the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The website states September was chosen as the month for the celebration of Grandparents Day because it signifies “the ‘autumn’ years of life.” It quotes a portion of the proclamation which states:

Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.

We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.

The websites states that “National Grandparents Day is an important official marker of intergenerational relationships. But increasingly, schools and community groups are organizing Grandparents Day (or Intergenerational Day) events at any time during the year as a way to bring together families and build community. Children have an opportunity to show their appreciation and love toward their grandparents (and other special older adult friends), and grandparents feel valued as their role is validated.“

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-4.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-5.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-6.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-7.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-8.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-9.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-10.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-11.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-12.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-13.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-14.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-15.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-16.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-17.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-18.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-19.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-20.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-21.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-22.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-23.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-24.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Grandparents-25.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School recently celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting all of the students’ grandparents to lunch. The presence of all these special visitors at lunch was a great treat for not only the students but the school’s staff as well.
MES celebrates National Grandparents Day

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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