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Grandparents play an important role at Brookwood

It was a very special day for me as a grandparent when I joined my peers at the annual Grandparent Tea and Lower School Play earlier this month. Even though I had attended this activity for the past five years it continues to be exciting! Meeting so many of the other grandparents who clearly were thrilled about the delightful Tea and show, affirmed my ideas about how important our roles are for our grandchildren.  For some grandparents it was their first experience, others had been involved multiple times, as I had. My grandchildren, Tatum, a sixth grader, Hawk, a third grader, and Boden, a first grader, are all totally involved with Brookwood. “It’s awesome!” is usually their response when asked “How was school today?”

It is such a joy to sit in the audience in the John C. Peterman School Meeting House and watch all the children blossom on stage. Director of Performing Arts Debbie Gantt and her team know how to get the most from the children, who are clearly enjoying every minute of the production.  The children’s pride in the activity shows in the glow of their faces.

The feeling continues afterward when we grandparents congratulate them for a fine job! We are one more layer of a support system that helps each child know how much they are cared for.  Administrators, teachers, parents and grandparents make up a web of love to help the children thrive and grow at Brookwood!

– Pollyann Statom
Grandparent ’19, ’22, ‘24

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