On Friday, Jan. 31, the Kindergarten and Preschool students at Lincoln School of Westfield had something special to celebrate — or actually someone special. 

It was Grandparent/Special Person’s Day and at three different points in the day, the gym was brimming with various guests who were all there at the behest of someone small in their lives. 

The event began with a warm welcome from Principal Audrey Zavetz and a slideshow of photos of Lincoln School’s own staff with their grandparents. Led by Ms. Christina Toulios, the students then entertained the crowd with three songs replete with hand movements and exuberant inflection: “Mail Myself to You,” “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck,” and “A Song for Grandparents' Day.” 

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Then Mrs. Zavetz read the attentive crowd three poems including an A-Z acrostic completed by the students as to what makes a grandparent special. Responses included A: always there for me, G: gave me my Dad, R: Grandma’s ring to remember her by, Y&Z: young looking especially when you take me to the zoo!

As tears of laughter and sentiment dried, the children leapt back to their feet to warm the crowd with a rousing rendition of “Hot Chocolate!”

The event culminated with a trip to each student’s classroom where teachers had helped the students prepare special presentations for their guests. In this rare opportunity to share their classroom world, kids were eager to point out their seats, special work, and favorite areas of the school and classroom.

As the day came to completion, all were filled with love and joy in celebration of these special connections. Their satisfied music teacher, Ms. Toulios, shared, "I am so proud of how enthusiastically the students sang for their grandparents and special people. It is such a joy to watch their excitement singing for their favorite people on stage for the first time!"