Less than two years ago, several motivated and creative members of Assistance League® of Diablo Valley collaboratively penned a book for elementary school children entitled Where’s Your Grandma Today? Written in verse, it relates the students’ response, or lack of response, when their teacher Ms. Mead asked them what their grandmothers did all day. This unanswered question determined the theme for the upcoming Grandma Appreciation Day.
After much preparation, a diverse group of grandmothers shared how they made a difference by volunteering in their communities. Nancy’s Nonna prepared hearty and nutritious food, while Jose’s Abuela served as a guide at a historic ranch. Freddy’s Oma biked daily to an animal shelter to care for and help place furry creatures in deserving homes. Bubbe taught math and reading in a children’s hospital ward. Ms. Mead’s students heard similar accounts from Henry’s Nana, Leo’s Babushka, and Freddy’s Oma. While the names for “Grandma” varied, their message focused on the importance of how their grandmas gave back to their communities by volunteering.
Returning to present day community, more information regarding Where’s Your Grandma Today? has surfaced. As it happens, “Grandma” has become quite well-travelled by appearing at public readings to spread the message of volunteering. Assistance League of Diablo Valley volunteers helped celebrate Gardening Stories and Crafts at the Clayton Library on Thursday, May 15. On Saturday, May 17, volunteers again read Where’s Your Grandma Today? at the Lafayette Library to help children observe Celebrate Our Grandparents. When the volunteers asked the question, “What does the word ‘volunteer’ actually mean?” a four-year-old boy chimed, “It means to help other people.”
Everyone, grandmas and grandchildren alike, who believe in giving back to their communities can enjoy Where’s Your Grandma Today? by contacting Assistance League of Diablo Valley, 2711 Buena Vista Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2503, firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-934-0901.