Mack Littleton’s campus population more than doubled on the Friday before Thanksgiving break when we were joined by a gaggle of grands and a flurry of friends! The students were thrilled to welcome their grandparents and “grandfriends” into their classrooms for hands-on collaborative activities that included craft projects, art creations and design thinking challenges. Grands got to experience Mack’s inquiry-based approach, and kids basked in the loving glow that only grands can bring.
Head of School Diane Dunne took the grands through a “walk down memory lane” with a trivia quiz focusing on life in 1977, when Mackintosh Academy was founded. A surprising number of Mack grands have first-hand experience with leisure suits and Farrah Fawcett haircuts! Taking a poll of what grandparents are called, we found that along with the traditional Grandma and Grandpa, we had Grannies, Omas, and Abus in our midst.
Mack grands Ann Newton and Curt Eckhardt spoke about the joys (expected and unexpected) of grandparenting and gave heartfelt statements about what the Mackintosh community has meant to them and their grandchildren. To cap off the morning. each class performed a song or two under the direction of Performing Arts teacher Kelly Kates. The 7th and 8th graders showed off their Shakespearean acting chops, and show choir wrapped up the show with a rousing performance that ensured a toe-tapping good time.
The day wrapped up with our Mack Marketplace. Parents, students and grands perused our vendors. Mack parents peddled their wares of homemade empanadas, papercrafts and cards, beaded yoga malas and wooden handicrafts. The 7-8 class sold homegrown greens from our greenhouse. And the parent community provided a bounty of homemade baked goods – cookies, pies, cakes, and more – for the bake sale. Two food trucks, Saucy Buns BBQ and WeChef Kitchen kept the crowd nourished.
This event has grown over the years from a casual gathering to what is truly a Grand Event for connecting the generations! We look forward to seeing our grands and grandfriends on campus again next fall!