By Melanie Ruberti mruberti@CIVITASMEDIA.COM
March 22, 2014
Grandparents of children at Lafayette Christian Academy were honored during a special program on Friday.
This was the 10th year the school has held the celebration. Every year, each grade performs a song or recites a poem. After the program, the grandparents head to the gymnasium, decorated in their honor, to eat lunch with their grandchildren. Wanda Peterson, the school’s business manager, said many of the grandparents support their grandchildren spiritually and financially. ” This is an opportunity for them to come and see where their grand kids go to school and see what they do. Today is a celebration of them.”
Peterson was also honored during Friday’s program. She received an Award of Appreciation from Operation Christmas Child. For 10 years, Peterson has coordinated, collected, and assembled together boxes for the organization during the holiday season. Each year, the school has donated close to 3,000 boxes to needy children across the globe. ” Instead of boxes, I see children,” said Peterson. ” They hear the word of Christ. Whatever their situation, for a brief amount of time, they can have happiness and hopefully a long term change of lifestyle to know Christ.”
Lisa Steger, the area coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, presented Peterson with the award. ” Wanda is an amazing, faithful, child of God,” Steger said. ” She really understands the impact of making the boxes, not just the logistics, but the spiritual impact.”
Also during Friday’s Grandparents Day program, Lafayette Christian Academy presented Headmaster John Cippola, with a Distinguished Service Award. He has been at the school for 25 years.