Posted on February 24, 2013
This coming Friday, March 1, we celebrate our Kupuna at the annual Grandparents' Day event. This special day honoring grandparents and great-grandparents began about 15 years ago when the elementary school was operating then as Epiphany School. At first the idea was a picnic with grandparents on a grassy area less than the size of our courtyard lawn. We scrapped that idea when we considered the logistics and the difficulty many grandparents would have sitting and rising from the ground. We rented a large white tent, folding chairs, and stage, prepared a half-hour program, and impressed our grandparents with student talent. Grandparents' Day festivities have since evolved into the program that we've had over the past 8 years at Mid-Pacific. Our parent `Ohana has played a supportive role in planning the event, from preparing the mementos to greeting our guests to serving refreshments. Just this past week, parent volunteers -- moms and dads! -- took over the Tech Lab to prepare the special mementos for grandparents. Who will travel the farthest and who will be the oldest at this year's event?
Has your child been coming home singing the 5210? This is the statewide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles through diet, exercise, and attitude. The 5-2-1-0 slogan promotes 5 daily servings of fruits, roots, and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time (television, computer, and iPad), 1 hour of physical play, and 0 sugary drinks. At the February assembly, several fifth graders led the entire school in singing and dancing the 5210 song. Upbeat, lively, fast-paced, high energy -- words, music, and movements work well together to convey the message that a healthy lifestyle begins when our children are young and that the idea needs to be reinforced and supported in the family and school. This is a bandwagon we want all children and families to be on for a lifetime ride.
More at Grandparents' Day this Friday!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey