Photos: Grace Brown shares a smile with her grandparents (left), while Lillian Holman enjoys a quick hug from her grandma (right).

Valley Lutheran tried something new this fall.

Valley Lutheran’s fall Grandparent and Special Friend Days gave visitors the opportunity of spending more time with their grandchild by attending their first and second hour classes before enjoying donuts and drinks together. Following this snack, the grandparent/special friend embarked on a tour of the completed addition while their student attended their 3rd hour class. The tour was led by a student leader who shared their excitement of the addition and how Valley has continued to shape them throughout their high school years.

Grandparents/special friends re-joined their grandchild in time for the school-wide chapel or family group meeting time, followed by a complementary hot lunch meal.

Valley provided four visit day options throughout the fall months, welcoming sixty-five visitors across these four days. The November 21st group was the largest with twenty-eight grandparents/special friends in attendance.  The Nov. 21st group was also lucky enough to not only tour the completed portion of the addition, but also the unfinished science/music/art rooms to the east end of the building.

“Being asked to be a student leader here just puts a smile on my face,” student tour guide Quinn Stefanski shared, “It was so fun to listen to the grandparents tell stories of their time here or at another high school.  Being selected to tour these grandparents touched me because I was one of four students chosen out of the 300+ students here.  It’s wonderful to be able do something important for Valley.”

Watch for winter Grandparents and Special Friend visit days to be announced soon!