By Hyung Seok LEE
CV Weekly intern
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the 3-and 4-year old students of Crescenta-Cañada Cooperative Nursery School proudly presented their grandparents at their pre-school. As the children held the hands of their grandparents, a look of pride and excitement could be seen in the eyes of both the children and the grandparents.
The cooperative nursery is fully run by parents with only two hired employees. The parents take part in the process of cleaning the facility and teaching the children. It is a place where one set of parents teach, but a whole community comes together to bring the best for their children.
“I simply love watching the pride and interaction between both the children and grandparents. We take pleasure in hosting events such as these because the community comes together to raise one child,” teacher Nita Imm said.
The ninth annual back-to-school day for the grandparents progressed from a personal tour given by the grandchildren, story-time, a variety of songs and dances, and a closure of giving thanks. As each child shared, “I’m thankful for my grandparents,” a deep and sincere love could not be denied between the two individuals.
The grandparents had the chance to personally observe and participate in what their grandchildren were doing at school. That time of intimacy drew a closer interaction and stronger love as each child presented their grandparents.
“What happens with Papa stays with Papa. Grandparents are supposed to spoil and over-nurture their grandchild,” shared grandparent Jim Johnson. “It’s one way to get back at their [own] kids.”