Celebrating family connections during Grandparents Day

Thornwell School for the Arts

Any day with grandparents can be special, but when they come to school, it's even better. Students at Thornwell School for the Arts invited grandparents to come and visit in celebration of Grandparents Day.

Grandparents Day was an idea from housewife Marian McQuade. The woman living in Fayette County, West Virginia, wanted to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes, and also wanted to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

The smiling faces on both children and grandparents at Thornwell School for the Arts demonstrates how important the love of a grandparent can be.