BRITT | More than 40 grandparents, or grandfriends, joined West Hancock third-graders in the classroom Friday, Sept. 8, for Grandfriends Day.

Grandfriends Day is hosted annually by third-grade teachers Jolene Bruns and Rachael Zuehl in celebration of National Grandparents Day, which is observed the first Sunday after Labor Day.

“It’s an opportunity for them to get into the building and see what we’re doing here,” Zuehl said.

The event also provides the students a chance to recognize the influence grandparents, or older adults, have in their lives through a variety of activities.

Kathy Gabrielson, who has attended the event in the past, was there Friday for her granddaughter Violet Clendenen.

“I enjoy getting to see the other grandparents and visiting with Violet,” she said.

Judy Fox, who has twin grandsons Carson and Cameron Fox, attended the event for her first year.

“I live real close and I wouldn’t miss it,” she said.

As the adults, like Gabrielson and Fox, filed into Zuehl’s classroom Friday afternoon, the students’ faces lit up as they welcomed them.

At the start of the event, Zuehl asked each student introduced his or her guest before presenting them with a decorated bookmark they could “keep and take home.” The students then shared a short essay about what they believe being an older person will be like, read two stories, played games and interviewed their grandfriends.

Zuehl said the interview, which was a comparison between the grandparents and the grandchildren, will be used for future writing exercises.

Carson Friedow invited his grandfather Rory Friedow to attend the event, so he could go home with him after school, he said.

“He likes to go to the farm,” Rory Friedow said.

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