Principals Note: Happy Grandparents Day
By the time you read this one of the greatest days of the school year has probably come and gone. Of course, I am talking about Grandparents Day. I have always been very passionate about this day as it is critical that we celebrate this group of people. I truly feel that as a country we need to give great honor to those who have come before and worked so hard. It seems like this is happening less and less these days. I know the impact grandparents can have on both students and entire families. So many play an active, positive role in the lives of their grandchildren, and Riverside’s Grandparents Day is a fantastic reminder that we love and esteem this group of people.
Of course, a person can now find on the internet information on just about anything. The following are a few grandparent facts I found on the AGA (American Grandparent Association) website:
There are 70 million grandparents in the USA – Over one fifth of the population.
10% of those grandparents live with their grandchildren
2.7 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren
72% of all grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis
Grandparents spend 52 billion dollars every year on grandkids alone
Grandparents spend 32 billion on educated-related costs
Grandparents make 45% of all cash contributions to non-profit organizations
Grandparents account for 42% of all consumer spending on gifts
God’s word reminds us in Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged and parents are the pride of their children.” I want to thank each and every Grandparent for being awesome. Hug a grandparent today because they rock!
Have a great weekend. Until next time…
P.S. I need to give a HUGE shout out this week to Karen Young and all the volunteers who made our Grandparents Day so successful. Thank you for your servant-hearts. You are greatly appreciated.