Grandparent’s/Grandfriend’s Day is a special day at St. Joseph Catholic School. It’s a day that parents, grandparents and special friends of students come to the school to observe, interact, support, and enjoy themselves.

“This is our ninth year,” St. Joseph Catholic School Development Director Maribeth H. May said of the event. “The students here love this day.”

The day began with students and their guests at mass.

“It was a packed house. We actually had some standing this year,” said May of the crowd in attendance at mass.

Following mass, the students went back to their classrooms and guests attended a reception that included a buffet of bagels, fresh fruit, coffeecake, juice and coffee. While guests enjoyed their refreshments, a slide show was projected onto a big screen. The film featured students from previous school years involved in various activities at school. After the reception, the guests joined the students in their classroom.

“Grandparents and grandfriends are great because they bring a wisdom and a richness to our school,” said Father Michael Guadagnoli.

“To go forward into the future, we must remember the lessons of our past. Grandparents help us to do that,” Father Guadagnoli said.

Some grandparents traveled great distances to be present at the event. The grandparents that traveled the longest distance to attend were the grandparents of kindergarten Zo/ Walden. Walden’s grandmother and grandfather on her mother’s side of the family traveled 380 miles from Louisiana to attend the event.