Preschool, kindergarten and Main Street School students joined their grandparents (and a few parents) in the annual Grandparent’s Day event at the Chautauqua building Wednesday morning.
The crowd was entertained by the MadCap Puppets from Cincinnati, Ohio, who presented three giant folk stories with the help of a few audience members.
The morning was divided into two performances with kindergarten and first graders in the first group and second and third graders in the second group.
“This is an opportunity for students to spend time with their grandparents,” said Main Street School principal Denise Bence. “The teachers spend time talking about grandparents and their importance. Some classes make gifts to bring to their grandparents.”
The Grandparents Day program has been a tradition for around 20 years. The programs used to be held in Main Street School gym until it got too big to handle.
“We just don’t have space here,” Bence said. “It’s around 1000 people with both groups. We’re lucky to have a place like the Chautauqua building to hold everyone.”
The Grandparents Day program has been held at the Chautauqua building for the past six years.
Programs over the past few years have included magicians, animals, and musicians.
Bence said the programs are chosen on recommendations.
“The MadCap Puppets did a fantastic job. We’ll probably have them back again,” Bence said.
Although the programs are geared toward the young students’ entertainment, the adults also enjoy it.
“It was a wonderful time,” said grandparent Debbie Robertson. “I enjoy spending time with my grandkids. I got to be with two of them, one in kindergarten and one in second grade. The program was wonderful.”
For some grandparents, the most fun was watching the students watching the program.
“It’s a great thing the school does,” said grandparent Carol Cole. “The school does a great job getting all the grandparents together in one spot. I had fun watching the kids react to the program. My grandson really liked the big puppet. He’s really into costumes.”
“The presenters did a great job ad libbing with the kids on stage,” Cole added.
Following the program, grandparents had the opportunity to spend extra time with their grandchildren by taking them to lunch.
“We appreciate all the grandparents coming to support their kids,” Bence said.