Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Grandparents' Day!


Why are there so many different names for grandparents? Grandpa, papa, paw, gramps is just a few names we lavish on the grandfathers in our families while grandmas get names like me maw, Nana, or Ninny. Whatever you may call your grandparents you can be sure of one thing, when you call they come! Names for them are often something that has been passed down from one generation after another.



 Many of us honor our grandparents, but for children to be able to invite their grandparents to school for a day is very special to them. They love to be able to share with their friends their very own grandpa or grandma. Children get to participate in special lessons or special assembly programs during grandparent’s day at school. Sometimes this is the only time grandparents are asked to share the day with their precious grandchildren.



 This year Grandparents' Day is September 10, 2017, and I challenge anyone with a grandparent to make their day special. Grandparents Day is the perfect opportunity to show your grandparents a little extra special attention and love. Don’t have a grandparent to call your own? You can find one to love and support at your local nursing home, only call and ask. Many nursing homes need volunteers to share love, conversation, and patience with their residents. You can help with a fun activity like bingo, or help with the monthly birthday party celebrations. You can even just sit and talk with and listen to stories that only our older generation can tell.



Volunteering in our community is what the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is all about. We harness the wisdom and experience of those 55 years of age or better to share their talent in our community helping others. Won’t you join them this Grandparents Day?


Charlie Gillaspie
RSVP Program Director

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