Dearing Elementary opened its doors and its dining facility to students' parents and grandparents Thursday with a "Grits For Grandparents" breakfast.
"This is a parent involvement activity, whether it's the parents or the grandparents that came today," Principal Nancy Lovelady said during the event.
"It's for community relations, to let the parents and grandparents come in, see their kids in this atmosphere and where they eat when at school. It's great to see so many parents and grandparents involved with their kids."
Parents and grandparents were invited to school and served a grits-and-sausage breakfast to share with the children in the school's dining facility.
"I think it's great for the children, the parents and grandparents, and the community as a whole," said Dearing council member Judson Story, who was on hand with his daughters, Brianna and Ariana.
Grandparents were allowed to escort their children to their classrooms, then join them in the dining facility for breakfast.
"I love this," said Sirmario Hamilton, who attended with his daughters Linzie and Haley, and his son, Cameron. "It's great, and the kids are so happy to see their parents and grandparents at school."
Breakfast was served for the first through fifth grades from 7 to 7:30, and pre-k and kindergarten were served from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
"I'm surprised by the size of the turnout today," Lovelady said. "There's only one thing I'd do differently next time, and that's open up two serving lines to accommodate everybody better."