his year, WT’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day took on a new look—in fact it took on several!

This biennial Lower School tradition sets aside precious time to celebrate the vital role that friends and family play in supporting our students, their education, and most importantly, their well-being. These valuable intergenerational connections broaden perspectives, teach empathy, and create priceless moments for children and adults alike.

This year, we reimagined the custom to create a more intimate experience for students and their special visitors by offering multiple dates at the City Campus and an event for each grade at the North Campus. These memorable moments included interviews led by fifth graders, story time and bookmark making, traveling the world with Flat Stanley, breakfast with famous Pittsburghers, seeing life through the lens of Teenie Harris, and explorations into Mandarin and Spanish cultures via world language classes.

With seven unique gatherings we were able to celebrate the vital role that friends and family play in supporting our students. We couldn’t be more grateful to all who attended—thank you!

We welcome your ideas and suggestions on how to involve special community members like these in the lives of WT students. Please feel free to reach out to Michelle Wion Chitty at wionm@winchesterthurston.org or by phone at 412-578-3748.