By John Hernandez
San Manuel Miner
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation naming the first Sunday after Labor Day, “Grandparent’s Day”. The secular holiday’s purpose as cited in the legislation was to “honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.” It is also a time to recognize seniors and their importance. Grandparents are increasingly important in their grandchildren’s lives, providing child care and support. In the United States in 2012, 30 percent of children under the age of five whose mothers worked were taken care of on a regular basis by a grandparent. There are also many grandparents raising their grandchildren.
On Friday Sept. 6, grandparents and their grandchildren were treated to an ice cream social at Oracle Ridge School. At Ms. Katrina’s class room, the children entertained their grandparents by singing a few songs, Ms. Claudia read the story “Hooray for Grandparent’s Day,” and then everyone enjoyed some ice cream. It was a great way to honor grandparents.
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