Even the gloom of a rainy Friday didn't keep determined grandparents
from spending time with their grandchildren.
More than 200 of them showed up at St. Robert Bellarmine
Elementary Catholic School in Burbank for a Mass in honor of
Grandparents Day led by Father Lawrence Signey at St. Robert
Following the Mass there was a continental breakfast prepared and
served by a group of parent volunteers in St. Eleanor's Hall. During
breakfast, the special guests sampled a 20-minute musical performance
provided by the school's band before heading off to the classrooms to
take part in activities with the children.
Principal June Rosena said they've been celebrating Grandparents
Day for more than 10 years.
"This is the best turnout we've ever had," Rosena said. "In church
there was standing room only. It was amazing."
Special accommodations were made for students whose grandparents
were unable to attend. They were given the opportunity to choose
someone else to attend in place of a grandparent.
"There are many students that don't have grandparents and we
didn't want anyone to feel left out," Rosena said.
Whether it was listening to a report from fourth-grade students or
sitting shoulder to shoulder, coloring pictures in the second grade,
everyone seemed to have a good time. Marta and Manuel Bin came to
watch their 5-year-old grandson, Michael, perform several songs along
with his classmates in Wyomi Fernando's kindergarten class.
"We enjoyed all the activities -- the Mass and the breakfast was
lovely," Marta said.
The Bins were impressed with a piece that Michael had written and
read out loud.
"He said he knows we love him because we take him to school every
day," Marta Bin said.