The kindergartners sang, "Grandparents . . . are great" to the chorus of "Sunrise, Sunset." The third-graders led cheers for grandpa and grandma, and the fifth-graders read poems yesterday to honor the 70-some grandparents who came to visit at Solley Elementary School.
Grandparents Day is "a tradition in the schools in the county that started years ago," explained Deborah Huey, principal at Solley. "It's one of the most successful activities we have in the school."
Yesterday, balding, gray-haired grandfathers and henna-rinsed grandmothers -- some of whom attended Solley Elementary when they were children -- munched cookies and sipped punch before they joined the offspring of their offspring in classrooms.
Holly Beers was quizzingher fourth-graders about healthful snacks.
"Doughnuts?" one towhead suggested.
"We-e-lll, they could come under grains, but. . ."
"The icing isn't good," someone else interrupted.
Near the windows, Daniel Cohen, 9, cuddled up to his grandfather, Leonard Olson of Owings Mills to watch a Fat Albert cartoon on smoking and health.
Daniel, who moved to Pasadena from Reisterstown last summer, decided yesterday morning to call his grandfather.
"I really miss him," the youngster said. "I only get to see him every two or three Fridays. I used to see him every Friday."
Olson "was delighted" to get the invitation, even if his grandson did "get me out of bed this morning."
"I wouldn't have missed it for the world," he said. "It's great to get to see these kids and for them to see us here and know we careabout them."
Later, they filed into the auditorium where each class had prepared a special program.
Daniel and his classmates presented skits based on Aesop's fables. The second-graders, who made apple-shaped name tags for their grandparents, bopped to a jaunty melody about a wacky zoo, and the first-graders recited a poem praising grandparents.
Iris Minarik, who attended Solley in the early 1940s, was grinning and loving it. "I think it's such a good feeling here," she explained. "Solley is small, but believe me, they have as much as the other schools."
This was the fifth year Minarik had come to visit her granddaughter, Amy Minarik, a fourth-grader, on Grandparents Day.
"I like it," Amy said, grinning. "Except when she kisses me. Eeewww. That's baby."