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School invites families for day
A little wet weather didn't dampen the spirits at Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island Friday during the private school's annual May Day and Grandparent's Day festivities.

Though the program was forced inside, the halls were abuzz with excitement as students got a chance to show off their work from throughout the year.

Following a special May Day program in the school gym, grandparents toured their grandchildren's classrooms and got a first-hand look at what the children do all day. Peggy Mitchell, a St. Simons Island resident and grandmother to four Frederica Academy students, was thankful to be close enough to spend the day at the school.

"It's fun to see them in this environment, and I've got four of them, so I've seen a ton of what they've done today," Mitchell said with a laugh, pointing to four pins on her scarf featuring photos of each child. Mitchell said each classroom she'd seen with her grandkids had done something special, from art to academics. She was most touched by the family-friendly atmosphere.

"I loved watching the siblings walk together. It's very special for me," Mitchell said.

Whole families as well as grandparents were on the campus, touring and greeting friends and neighbors as they checked out the handiworks of students.

Missy Weaver, mother to Bo Weaver, a fourth-grade student, enjoys stepping into her son's classroom and seeing what he's been working on. Bo and his classmates recently finished a project where each created a personal newspaper front page starring themselves.

"I really love this and the students have done such a great job with each," Weaver said, holding up her son's newspaper. "What all the kids here have put together is just amazing."

Seeing excited parents and grandparents like Weaver and Mitchell is just one of the goals behind Grandparent's Day, said Greg Griffeth, the school's headmaster. When students see their relatives smile, it helps remind them of why they have worked so hard.

"It's a real chance for grandparents to see their grandchildren in their element. It's not a chance they get very often," Griffeth added. "To come in and visit the school, feel that school spirit, it's a great event for us to then build on that spirit."

Other schools around the county hosted special events Friday, including a May Day event at Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Brunswick.

St. Simons Elementary School hosted its third annual Trackapalooza fundraiser in the afternoon, featuring live music, food and games. The school has raised more than $22,000 in the past for its Parent Teacher Association, which helped fund a new asphalt running track at the school and the purchase of classroom materials.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slun

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