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Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday marks Grandparents Day

Barbara Weiss gets a hug from grandson Anthony Inserra, 5, during the Grandparents Day celebration Friday at Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday. “I love my grandma,” said Anthony, who is the only one of Weiss’ five grandchildren living in Florida. Weiss lives in Belleair but was more than happy to make the trek to Holiday for a slice of pizza and togetherness. “I’ll do anything for him,” she said.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Barbara Weiss gets a hug from grandson Anthony Inserra, 5, during the Grandparents Day celebration Friday at Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday. “I love my grandma,” said Anthony, who is the only one of Weiss’ five grandchildren living in Florida. Weiss lives in Belleair but was more than happy to make the trek to Holiday for a slice of pizza and togetherness. “I’ll do anything for him,” she said.

Grandparents Day. Those with a cynical slant might see it as one of those "Hallmark holidays" — just another boon for the greeting card industry. But those in the business of educating the young know well the impact of the older set who so often step in to offer guidance and help with things like homework, after-school care or sign on to volunteer or perhaps serve on the school's parent-teacher organization or advisory council. Celebrations abound everywhere and in schools such as Gulfside Elementary in Holiday, where grandparents, and in some cases surrogate grandparents, were welcomed in to eat lunch with their grandchildren on the favored pizza day. "It's a great day and an opportunity for other members of the family to connect with the school," said Gulfside principal Chris Clayton. "We want to know the parents and the grandparents because they're part of the support system for so many of our students."

Michele Miller, Times staff writer

Did you know?

1970: Marian Lucille Herndon McQuaid, a West Virginia homemaker, began a campaign to honor grandparents.

1973: The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed by West Virginia Gov. Arch Moore.

1973: Sen. Jennings Randolph introduced a Grandparents Day resolution to the Senate.

1978: The U.S. Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. September was chosen to represent the autumn years of life. The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter.

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