Celebrating a 42-year-old national tradition, Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School will mark Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 13 by inviting Faith Lutheran students’ grandparents and grandfriends to campus. Faith Lutheran’s celebration will include a breakfast and program showcasing the variety of talent through various student performances, followed by campus tours. Event check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Center of the school, 2015 S. Hualapai Way.
“The quote by Charles W. Shedd ‘Some of the world’s best educators are grandparents’ is so true,” said Faith Lutheran CEO Dr. Steve Buuck. “Grandparents and grandfriends have so much wisdom to share. Our students are happy to invite them on campus.”
Grandparents’ Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grandparents.org credited Marian McQuade and Jacob Reingold for helping establish it.
The website said Reingold, inspired by speech on “the new image of the aged” at the 1961 White House Conference on Aging, held a day grandparents-honoring day Sept. 16, 1961, at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York City. The Bronx observed the day a boroughwide in 1963.
Meanwhile, the site said, McQuade in the 1970s lobbied West Virginia leaders civic, business, political and faith to start a statewide Grandparents Day. In 1973, Gov. Arch Moore proclaimed the first such holiday statewide; in 1977, U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W.Va., introduced a resolution to the U.S. Senate to observe the day nationally.
Seattle television station KIRO reported that 9-year-old Russell Capper set the stage for McQuade by sending a letter to President Richard Nixon in 1969 advocating for a dedicated grandparents day.
President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents’ Day in 1978; it was first celebrated in 1979. As KIRO shared, Carter’s proclamation read, “Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, (grandparents) can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.”
About Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School is Nevada’s largest private school and the largest Lutheran school in the United States, serving more than 2,000 students from the Las Vegas Valley.
The school, on a 50-acre state-of-the-art campus near Downtown Summerlin, offers advanced middle school and high school college preparatory curriculum and extensive athletic, fine arts, and after school activities in a distinctively Christian environment.
Faith Lutheran’s unique high school academies program includes STEM, Justice & Advocacy, Business & Entrepreneurship, Film & Broadcast, Hospitality & Tourism, Aviation Academy, Christ Academy and the Conservatory of Fine Arts. The school is dedicated to its mission statement of Everyone Prepared! Everyone Saved! and is fueled by its core values of Family, Academics, Innovation, Truth and High Achievement.
Faith Lutheran is accredited by AdvancED and the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation. Learn more at www.faithlutheranlv.org
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