by Jared DeVries
PC students and their grandparents attended many activities hosted by STUCO at the annual Grandparents’ Day at PC on April 24. The day started with an address from Principal Dan Van Kooten and was followed by Chapel which included music, a speech from Vice Principal Larry Eggink, and a game of Jeopardy with questions aimed at both teenagers and grandparents. Afterwards, grandparents either attended more programs in the auditorium or class with their grandchildren. The day ended with grandparents and grandchildren eating Bonnie’s chicken casserole and biscuits together.
According to Head Cook Bonnie Van Wyngarden, lunch was served to 170 grandparents. The response received from the grandparents was also overwhelmingly positive. STUCO member Emily Van Beek also loves many parts of the day. “I really enjoyed getting to see different people interact with their grandparents, because there’s something special and different about each one,” said Van Beek.
Senior Jakob Van Vark enjoyed having his grandparents, Don and Carolyn Van Vark, attend Grandparents’ Day. “It gives grandparents a great opportunity to experience the normal day of a high schooler,” Van Vark said.
STUCO member Raeann Fopma also believes that Grandparents’ Day provides many benefits to both the students and their grandparents. “I think we have Grandparents Day because grandparents will always be such an important part in all of our lives, and they enjoy seeing where we go to school each and every day and learning more about the place where we spend so much time,” said Fopma
This day also brings many tasks that STUCO must complete, including setting up classrooms and ensuring that there is adequate seating among other things. “The most challenging part of Grandparents Day is finding people who are willing to perform a vocal or instrumental solo or that are willing to re-rehearse their individual speech pieces to perform them again” said Van Beek.
Here is a link to many other photos of the day.