Calling all grandparents…please get Involved!
In my few short months as Head of School, I am warmed by our school community’s devotion and involvement. I recently met an extremely dedicated HT grandparent and would like to share his story with you:
Nearly every Wednesday for the past decade, Mr. Charlie Nelson has made the 120-mile round trip from Maitland to Melbourne. But Mr. Nelson, a C.P.A., is not making the trek for business. He does so to see his four grandchildren, each of whom attend or attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. Two have graduated and are in college (HT class of ’10 and HT class of ’13) while the other two are currently in the eleventh and ninth grade. Family is exceedingly important to Mr. Nelson!
His travel itinerary has stayed pretty consistent over the years. In fact, when Mr. Nelson changed jobs a few years ago, taking this time was a pre-requisite to accepting the new position. Mr. Nelson arrives in town before Wednesday’s dismissal, and spends the evening with his grandchildren. On Thursday morning, he attends Chapel at the Lower School Parish campus, a tangible expression of his faith and a wonderful way to pass it forward. His grandchildren have not been at the Lower School for three years, but between the sermon and the children’s participation, Mr. Nelson says that he feels more affected than at many adult services. From there, Mr. Nelson proceeds to the Upper School Pineda campus, where he attends chapel again in the company of his grandchildren and their friends.
I want to extend the invitation for you to be involved as well, to transmit your values across the generations in the same way that my grandparents quietly did for me. Each time the clock chimes in my office as it did in my father’s parents’ dining room, and each time I use the coffee mug that my mother’s mother gave me three decades ago, they are with me, reminding me of their love.
In addition to daily Chapel (8:20 at the Lower School and 9:45 at the Upper School) and athletic events, here are several opportunities to be a positive presence in your grandchild’s school experience:
Veterans Day – November 11, 8:20am at the Lower School & 2:15pm at the Upper School
Golf Tournament – December 7, more information will be available online soon
Evening of Elegance – March 15, more information will be available online soon
Grandparents Day – March 20 at the Upper School & March 21 at the Lower School
From helping at lunch to working the gate at athletic events to teaching Character Education to speaking opportunities, there are many opportunities for you to share your time and talents with your grandchildren. In addition, if you have academic expertise that you’re willing to share tutoring students, please let us know.
Be proud of the sacrifices your children make to provide your grandchildren with a Holy Trinity education. Help us continue to fulfill our mission of offering an academically challenging curriculum in a Christian environment with your gift.
You already make a great difference to your grandchildren. Thank you for sharing them with Holy Trinity. They are making a great difference here!
— Mr. Hayes
Head of School
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy