GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) An Eastern Carolina elementary school recognized all that grandparents do for their students.
National Grandparents Day is in September but Elmhurst Elementary in Greenville waits until January to celebrate as a way to warm hearts during the winter cold.
"After the holidays people tend to stay inside and we just really needed this event to help bring people out," said Colleen Burt, the school's principal.
Grandparents got lemonade provided by the PTA when they arrived. Then they were welcomed into students classrooms where they took part in activities and some even got a snack.
"I know the teachers and the principal are so busy," said Pam Clark , who came to the event for the first time to hang out with her grandson in the 4th grade. "I think it's just really good that they wanted to do something for the grandparents."
Clark says the event gives grandparents a better visual of what students are learning and Burt says it helps grandparents become more involved in the classroom.
"Grandparents are just an integral part and they're really helpful at school."
Pam Clark says she plans to come back to the event next year and begin volunteering more at the school.
About 400 parents attended Friday's Grandparent's Day event.