2009-01-08 / Schools

Grandparents go back to school for a day

Lois Hewitt visited with grandson Zachary Daukshus during Grandparents Day at Keyport High School. Lois Hewitt visited with grandson Zachary Daukshus during Grandparents Day at Keyport High School. KEYPORT — Keyport High School hosted 30 grandparents of students on Dec. 18 for the school's Grandparents Day festivities.

Grandparents ate breakfast with their grandchildren in the school cafeteria. Afterward, 12-graders gave their grandparents a tour of the school and took them to classes.

Principal Miguel Hernandez arranged for the grandparents to have their pictures taken with their grandchildren at the school Christmas tree and gave them Christmas gifts.

"Many of the grandparents live in Keyport. Grandparents Day helps them see what is going on in the school system. The students look forward to it each year," Hernandez said.

Keyport High School alumna Georgia Clayton was looking forward to seeing the new technology that is part of her granddaughter's education.

"I went to school here. It has changed a little. I want to see the classes, and I'm looking forward to the computer class," said Clayton.

Above: Keelie Dunn and grandmother Georgia Clayton and below, Fran Pacheco and grandson Carlos Rodriguez spend quality time together on Grandparents Day. Above: Keelie Dunn and grandmother Georgia Clayton and below, Fran Pacheco and grandson Carlos Rodriguez spend quality time together on Grandparents Day. Her granddaughter, Keelie Dunn, said, "I am excited to do this. We never have a chance to be together, there is always something going on. Grandparents Day is something special. I want my Grandma to see all my classes."

"I am excited my grandmother is here," Carlos Rodriguez said. "I have been looking for it all week. It is fun to stay together."

His grandmother, Fran Pacheco, said, "I feel very, very proud to have been invited by my grandson. He tells me about basketball and his classes all the time. I'm anxious for him to show me his classrooms."

The seniors look forward to Grandparents Day and a chance to introduce their grandparents to the environment of their high school. They show them the technical programs and advanced academic classes. It provides an opportunity for students to discuss school with their grandparents.

Some grandparents were also introduced to new technology.

"Many of the grandparents have never worked with a computer, so it's important that this first experience will be a good one," Hernandez said.

"This is a very good idea to include grandparents so they can be part of what their grandchildren do," said grandparent Lois Hewitt. "I am very pleased to see the courses my grandson Zachary [Daukshus] takes."

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