This Sunday, September 7th is Grandparents Day. The impetus for this recognition originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia. Among her goals, she hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. The event became official in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter proclaimed it an annual national event.
With Grandparents Day just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to recognize a special volunteer at the Day Nursery in the Indiana State Government Center. At first, Jeffrey Coe started visiting the center just to spend more time with his preschool age granddaughter. Now he can be found at the center several days a week, helping out wherever he is needed. Center Director Deanna Saylor says Mr. Coe has helped hang shelves, fix broken items and he even assembled most of the equipment the children use in their indoor recreation area. Mr. Coe loves to greet the parents and children as they come into the center each morning and at special family events like the annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Happy Grandparents Day to Mr. Coe and all the other Day Nursery grandparents who share so much with our children.