Significant historic and contemporary figures are expected to come to life Tuesday morning during the annual Grandparents Breakfast at St. Paul Lutheran School in Montpelier.
The breakfast, part of the Lutheran Schools Week celebration at St. Paul, always draws a crowd, principal and Pastor Daniel Olson said – and the student performances are a part of the fun.
“They pick someone who has had a major impact on our society and the older students do a presentation,” Olson said. “They dress up as the characters and do a presentation on them.”
A social studies fair gave a preview of the historic figures Sunday during the school’s open house, which coincided with the annual Lutherans for Life Porkie Pancake Breakfast.
Special events are planned each day this week to celebrate the value of Lutheran education, including eight-graders’ pick for Thursday’s Dress Up Day theme of “Superhero Day.”
Olson, who has been principal and pastor of next-door St. Paul Lutheran Church for three and a half years, said Lutheran schools provide academic excellence, as witnessed by how well the school’s graduates do when they transition to public high schools.
But just as important, he said, is the opportunity for the kids to attend a Christ-centered religion class every day.
“We give them a foundation, not only the subjects they would get anywhere else, but they also received an outstanding religious education,” Olson said. “So we give them an education not only for this world, but also we’re preparing them for things eternal.”
St. Paul Lutheran School currently has 62 students in 4-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade.
Tim Eigenfeld, who teaches science and math at the school, said the small student body has great interaction, as older students help and mentor the kids in earlier grades all the time.
“It’s really more of a family than a school,” Eigenfeld said.
The next big event for St. Paul is the 16th annual benefit auction and raffle Saturday, Feb. 17, at Beverly Gardens in Denmark. The silent auction begins at 4 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the auction.
Meal tickets for the event must be purchased by Feb. 9, and preview booklets can be downloaded online at www.stpaullux.org after Feb. 1.
For more information, call the school office at (920) 845-2095.
[Top photo: Signs marking a “construction zone” adorned the open house at St. Paul Lutheran School on Sunday .]