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Grandparents' visit to Our Lady of Victory School a special tradition

By Katie V. Jones, katievjones@aim.com

6:00 AM EST, November 18, 2013

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They came from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Chicago, and as close as Arbutus and Catonsville.

More than 150 grandparents attended Our Lady of Victory School's grandparents days, three days set aside during the week of Nov.11 to welcome grandparents into their grandchildren's school day.

It's been a tradition at the Catholic elementary school on Wilkens Avenue for many years, according to principal Wendy Cottrel..

The open invitation welcomes grandparents to visit classrooms, participate in special activates and have lunch with their grandchild.

"The grandparents just eat it up," Cottrell said. "They absolutely love it. They cherish every minute being with their grandchildren in class and being part of their OLV community."

During lunch periods last week, special entertainment was provided all three days, Cottrell said.

The OLV glee club, the school's student ambassadors and the junior dance club dancers all performed and each grade gave presentations in Spanish and sang Spanish songs.

"This is the first year of offering Spanish from preK-eight," Cottrell said, of the Spanish selections.

While visiting classrooms, grandparents were able to do special activities and crafts, she said.

Grandparents were even given the opportunity to participate in "The Hokey Pokey" or "The Chicken Dance."

The visits lasted two to three hours.

"We love having them," Cottrell said. "It was fantastic."