A special day for grandparents

Concert for love: Rylee Saladin gets his grandma, Phylis Saladin, a snack after the concert. (Herald Review/Shannon Hartley)
Concert for love: Rylee Saladin gets his grandma, Phylis Saladin, a snack after the concert. (Herald Review/Shannon Hartley)

REED CITY – Spring is bringing with it beautifully warm weather, colorful gardens, and the return of many snowbirds back to Michigan.

Several of those returning have grandchildren in Reed City and they, along with many other grandparents were in for a musical treat. Its tradition at GT Norman Elementary for the first grade students to come together and perform a spring concert in honor of the grandparents they love.

Teachers and students practiced for weeks with the help of retired music teacher Pat Osborne.

“I just had to come back for this.” She said. Without a music class this year, Osborne volunteered her time to help teachers pull off the event. All dressed up and full of energy, students sang popular songs like “Grandma’s Feather Bed”, “Take me out to the Ballgame” and “Grandma, Grandpa, Always on My Mind.” Osborne provided music on piano, along with some backup from Chris DeMerell on guitar.

In addition to singing, a group of children proudly spelled out the word Grandparents as they recited a poem. The fun for these grandparents wasn’t over with the concert.

They all were invited back to classrooms for a snack and some visiting with their first grader. It was an afternoon of showing appreciation to their grandparents, the other special people in their children’s lives.