Grandparents Visit at Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School Student Ambassadors Kate Burgess and Isabella Palmeri of Rumson, Diana Bilotta of Atlantic Highlands, and Connor Finan of Fair Haven prepare to greet guests at the school’s Grandparents’ Day.

Holy Cross School Student Ambassadors Kate Burgess and Isabella Palmeri of Rumson, Diana Bilotta of Atlantic Highlands, and Connor Finan of Fair Haven prepare to greet guests at the school’s Grandparents’ Day.

The special bond between children and their grandparents was evident when more than 250 grandparents and other “grand” friends spent the morning of May 9th with the students at Holy Cross School in Rumson.

Patricia Delaney of Gladstone, New Jersey, who visited her granddaughter, Lila, in first grade, remarked, “It’s the nicest day. It’s so heartwarming to have all the extended families here. “

Student Ambassadors welcomed grandparents to a Mass for students and guests to begin the day.  The Mass was followed by a selection of songs performed by the kindergarten through fifth grade students, who were thrilled to entertain their loved ones.  Then the “grands” joined the students in their classrooms for refreshments.

Joe Fitzgerald of Manchester has two grandchildren at Holy Cross, Matt and Chris Stypa, in grades seven and three.  Two more of his grandchildren are graduates of Holy Cross.  A self-described veteran of Grandparents Day, he noted, “My wife and I come every year.  It’s a good school.”

William Belluzzi, the school’s principal, reminded everyone how important the role of a grandparent is in a child’s life.  “The time and love you give your grandchildren is very special and will create memories that last a lifetime,” he said.