Everest Academy Celebrates Grandparents Day

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Grandparents from as nearby as Burr Ridge and as far as Texas gathered at Everest Academy of Lemont for their celebration of Grandparents Day. The annual event at Everest included stage performances from each grade from Preschool 3-year olds singing to eighth graders dancing, and included Mass, breakfast, and classroom visits.

3 year old Preschoolers sing for their Grandparents at Everest Academy

"Grandparents have an important influence on the life of children today," exclaimed Fr. Matthew Kaderbek during his homily at Mass, "and we must appreciate all that our grandparents do for us."

Grandparents from as nearby as Burr Ridge and as far as Texas gathered at Everest Academy of Lemont for their celebration of Grandparents Day. The annual event at Everest included stage performances of each grade from preschool 3-year olds singing to eighth graders dancing, and included Mass, breakfast, and classroom visits. “Grandparents have an important influence on the life of children today,” exclaimed Fr. Matthew Kaderebek during his homily at Mass, “and we must appreciate all that our grandparents do for us.”

Music teacher Tiffany Iwinski of Mokena was pleased with the performance of the young students. “The students worked diligently to make the day special for their grandparents, and I believe their hard work paid off. As young people of the faith, they truly put forward their best effort in all they do!” “Public performance skills are essential for our student’s growth in leadership, and grandparents are their best audience,” noted Mrs. Coleen Kelly Mast, Advancement Director at the school and grandparent of two Everest students. Everest Academy exists to help children develop leadership skills through advanced academics and a variety of opportunities to develop their whole person.

Approximately 300 guests attended the celebration at the elementary school in Lemont in addition to its growing student body of 150 students. Everest holds the annual Grandparents Day on the day before Thanksgiving break, in hopes of increasing attendance of those traveling for the holiday. Some grandparents this year traveled from Texas and Missouri, but many came from Chicago or southwest suburbs of Burr Ridge, Tinley Park, Palos Park, Orland Park, Berwyn, Joliet, Frankfort, New Lenox, Homer Glen, Bolingbrook, Hickory Hills, Mokena, and Lemont. “It was a great day,” said Alice Polivka of Burr Ridge, grandmother of seventh grader Vlad and fifth grader, Nina, “I am glad I could come here today.”

Everest Academy is an independent Roman Catholic school in Lemont educating children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building strong character, and by preparing generous leaders ready to serve the community. If you would like to learn more about Everest Academy’s approach to education, please contact Coleen Mast at 630-243-1995 or visit http://www.everestadvantage.org.

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