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Alcuin's annual celebration was a great way for intergenerational interaction and allowed guests to share cherished moments with students in the classroom and around campus.

Event draws record attendance and helps boost annual Book Fair sales

Alcuin School, a leader in Montessori and International Baccalaureate® education, had a lot to be grateful for this season as it kicked off the Thanksgiving  break with a record crowd at its annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on Friday, Nov. 16.  

The event is one of Alcuin’s most anticipated school traditions when students’ guests are invited to attend Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.  The annual celebration is a great way for intergenerational interaction and allows guests to share cherished moments with students in the classroom and around campus.  

This year, more than 400 grandparents and special friends attended and were treated to classroom visits with students who were delighted to showcase their lessons and projects.  Guests also had an opportunity to share and record their oral histories, take photos with their grandchild or special friend to remember the occasion, and enjoy refreshments. Luckily, the weather was perfect, and many grandparents and guests were able to stroll around Alcuin’s beautiful grounds with their students.

Many of the grandparents had travelled long distances, as far away as India and Europe, to attend the day.  Upper School students awarded prizes to visitors who traveled the farthest and to those who had the most grandchildren attending Alcuin. Guests also enjoyed musical entertainment by Alcuin Elementary choirs, as well Middle and Upper School performers in the gym.

Alcuin’s annual Book Fair was a highlight of Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, which drew huge crowds in the Wyly Performing Arts Center on campus.  There were hundreds of titles to choose from allowing students of all ages to pick out some of their favorite reads.   On Thursday, Nov. 15, attendees from the Alcuin Dads’ Breakfast also had an opportunity to do a little shopping at the Book Fair after they concluded their activity in the Pavilion. The Book Fair was organized by the Alcuin Parents’ Club and proceeds benefit the school’s library.

“We were delighted that so many grandparents, special guests and parents were excited to join us again for these beloved fall school traditions,” said Walter Sorensen, Alcuin Head of School. “Our students certainly benefit from having their grandparents, friends and extended family involved and interested in their education, and that’s plenty to be thankful for during this special time of year.”

About Alcuin School

A vibrant, nurturing, coeducational academic community serving students from toddler to 12th grade, Alcuin School uses the Montessori and International Baccalaureate program methods to foster critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. With faculty support, students at Alcuin School are eager to embrace change, question the status quo, and prepare for their future as leaders in a global society. For more information, please visit

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