Western-themed decorations decked out the Siesta Key Campus when grandfriends arrived for the exciting annual Lower School event. Click here for photos from Grandfriends Day.
This year’s program, entitled “Reading Round Up,” featured a wonderful music and chorus performance followed by fun activities for grandfriends to enjoy with their students. The annual event is an opportunity for students to invite their grandparents or special friends to visit ODA to experience the musical talents of our students, participate in campus activities, and spend time together sharing what they are learning in classrooms.
To open the event, Dr. Vasilaki, Mr. Stiles, and Mrs. Gulácsy’s orchestra, band, and chorus students took center stage in the Dining Hall. Each grade performed for the audience, with several of their pieces, such as “Cripple Creek,” arranged by Edmund Siennicki, carrying on the western theme of the day. The musicians and singers gave a wonderful concert earning rounds of applause from the appreciative audience.
Following the concert, our guests joined their hosts exploring campus and participating in several reading and western themed activities. Participants were invited to play book bingo and horseshoes, decorate reading bags and make bookmarks, create book artwork hearts, and even try out their lasso skills!
To commemorate their day, grandfriends and their students were invited to step into a photo booth complete with fun props to create keepsake photographs. Grandfriends and their students all had a wonderful time visiting the campus and experiencing a day together!