On April 24th, classrooms throughout the Louis Riel School Division were buzzing with activity and filled with smiles (even more than usual) as seniors were welcomed in to see what it's like to be a student today.
From tours and physical education activities to music, math and more, guests were invited to see what children are seeing and being taught in LRSD. This year, more than 4,500 seniors attended the day, an increase of more than 200 from the previous year.
"Seeing our students learning alongside their grandparents truly reflects the power of school community," said Nicholas Kelly, Principal of Darwin School. "Opening our doors and giving people the opportunity to see what amazing work happens in our classrooms is something we should celebrate."
Several seniors commented on how much they enjoyed the various activities, as well as the time they got to spend with students or for many in attendance, their grandkids.
"I loved watching the interaction of the students with each other and how flexible the teacher is in managing her group," said Beverley Higginson, who attended the day at St. George School. "I always enjoy coming to this event—it's a big deal for me and for my grandchild."
Over at Minnetonka school, Lisa Lewis, principal, shared her excitement about the turnout they had for their event.
"We had more than 80 seniors in attendance. They visited classrooms, watched a musical performance, went outside for recess, played a gym activity and visited with one another over refreshments," said Lewis. "It was a great success."
While many who attended were grandparents, this is an opportunity for seniors in the community who continue to invest in the public education system, a chance to see first-hand how their tax dollars turn into real-world education and support for students.