Grandparents share cheer with granddaughter
Shelton School hosted its annual Grandparents’ Day on November 17. Always popular with students and staff, the event is scheduled prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, when many visiting grandparents from out of town can share the day. A record crowd of some 1,200 guests packed Shelton’s gym and spilled into the bleachers. The theme was Unwrap the Potential.
Attendees enjoyed a Continental breakfast and were greeted by Upper School Student Council President Lexi Galardi. Grandparents were next entertained with a lineup of talent featuring Shelton choirs, cheer groups, upper elementary music students, high school band, and high school drumline. Stage and technical crews were student-led under the direction of Clay Houston.
Veterans in attendance were recognized for their service and presented with gift certificates to redeem in Shelton’s school store.
Senior Beau Bundrant was the featured speaker. He shared stories of struggles during his early school career in Indiana, a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD), and his eventual multiple successes when he began school at Shelton and experienced new approaches to learning. Beau today is involved with honor classes, student council, track and football, and the club Chargers for Change.
Grandparents attended mini classes with their grandchildren. They met teachers and learned firsthand about the daily studies and activities of their grandchildren. They also showed their grandparents how to post photos on social media.
Shelton’s Parents’ Association coordinated the special day. Co-chairs were Margaret Walsh and Brandy Stafford, repeat chairpersons for a favorite occasion. The day was a great send-off for the Thanksgiving season. Earlier in the week middle school students culminated a food drive that netted 8,777 cans of food that were distributed between Shelton’s neighbor Dallas Bible Church and North Dallas Shared Ministries.