Peabody Elementary celebrates family in a ‘grand’ way

Ronnie Freeman Jr. enjoys lunch with his grandmother Bobbie Patterson.

If you ask the students at Peabody Elementary about their greatest love, you are likely to hear them say, “My grandparents.”  Over a three-day span the overwhelming visibility of grandparents was proof positive.

More than 150 grandparents filled Peabody Elementary’s cafetorium to capacity. The special occasion was our annual Grandparent’s Day Luncheon.

As each guest arrived they were welcomed with a visitor’s badge and a sweet treat by the school secretary, Mrs. Wilkes. With all of the preliminaries out of the way, our special guests were then directed to the cafetorium to meet their grandchildren.

It was a heartwarming experience to watch the expressions of the students and grandparents as they caught each other’s eye upon entering the cafetorium. The grandparents were happy to be there and the smile on the student’s faces showed that the feeling was mutual. According to Allison Webb’s grandfather, Mr. Ferguson, he has attended the Grandparent’s Luncheon for six years and has enjoyed it every year. He not only enjoys eating with Alison but also seeing and talking to the teachers and staff.

Fourth grade student Lauren Dunnam was all smiles as she sat between her great-grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz. Her face is always aglow when she speaks of her weekly visits with them. These are memories that Lauryn will cherish forever.

Grandparent’s Day is “Grand” at Peabody Elementary School because our students appreciate and celebrate one of their greatest loves – grandparents!

I would be amiss not to mention one of my greatest loves, my 94-year-old Granny Annie Lou Johnson, to whom this article is dedicated. There would be no me without you.

By Deirdre M. Jones, Optional Schools and International Coordinatorat Peabody Elementary.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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