Cheerfully chatting outside of the Science Forum, checking their watches and then asking, "What time does class start?" as they hurried off down the hallways, visitors at Brooks School fit right into the regular routine this Saturday.
And though many resembled their teenage hosts, most of the 125 guests still naturally stood out — being two generations older and all. Each had traveled to Brooks that morning to attend the school's annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day.
See an album of photos from the event
"Our guests walk in with such pure excitement and happiness to be a part of their grandchildren's day," said Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Nicole Mallen Jackson '95. "And to see a student exclaim, 'Grandpa!' and cross the room to give a big hug — there's not much that's more heartwarming than that. Grandparents Day is a day of sheer joy on campus and one of my favorite events of the year."
The festivities — held this year on April 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — offer a variety of activities. Following registration and breakfast pastries in the lower level of the Science Center, for example, grandparents and visitors had the opportunity to check out Brooks' new Maker Space.
Director of Technology Ryan Dobbins P'22 offered demonstrations of a laser cutter and 3D printer, just a couple of the technologies and tools that students can use to create objects and materials for class or personal projects.
Families also sat for portraits to commemorate the visit (which are available to download or order in the form of keepsakes via brooksschoolphotos.com) and explored the campus.
The Center for the Arts was a prime destination. Grandparents and friends were able to stroll through the $28 million facility that opened this fall to see artwork, classroom facilities, the theater and even a few performances by student singers and dancers.
Ultimately, attending classes was the biggest draw for most visitors hoping to get a sense of what their grandchild does, and learns, here at Brooks.
Before families enjoyed lunch together in the dining hall, most sat in on at least one of the three or four classes that Brooks students typically attend on Saturday mornings.
"One grandmother remarked that, as a student, she had focused on math and wished she had taken more science classes," shared Jackson. "She said that she loved being able to sit in on a physics session and absorb all that her grandchild was learning."
See all the activities and family portraits for yourself in our album from the fun day. Until next year, grandparents and special friends. Thanks for visiting!
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