Pandemic restrictions currently in place at Vista Ridge Academy didn’t stop the Grandparents and Special Friends Day, a cherished Vista Ridge Academy (VRA) experience.

The traditional Grandparents Day is normally an on-campus event where grandparents and special friends attend the school chapel, participate in a classroom activity, and enjoy brunch.

With a live event not being an option, students and staff celebrated with their extended VRA community by hosting a Zoom Grandparents Day Chapel.

The worship began with Sandy Hodgson, principal, welcoming the visitors to VRA followed by a video introducing the teachers and staff and showcasing students in their classroom. After the video, the kindergarten class led the Pledge of Allegiance and third and fourth graders gave the opening prayer. Herbert Hernandez, Chapel Haven church pastor, gave a worship thought, and finally the participants fellowshipped together to conclude the event.

“It was delightful seeing our grandkids at school. The classrooms look wonderful and well-spaced, keeping the youngsters safe and healthy,” said the grandparent of a sixth grader.

Some 100 guests enjoyed the event. Vista Ridge Academy staff were glad to find a way to open the school to grandparents and special friends who had been looking forward to the annual tradition.


By Marsha Bartulec – Erie, Colorado