Pine Bluff High School hosted a Grandparent Recognition Luncheon May 8. Organizers celebrated grandparents who are raising their grandchildren or have guardianship of those who attend PBHS, according to a news release.

Sponsors were the Career and Technical Education Department, career coaches Dedric Jones and Michelle Heard, and Family and Consumer Science (food production) educators Annette Hatchett, Myra Harden and Joyce Davis.

Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said that grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. She applauded the grandparents for their commitment to their grandchildren.

Washington also congratulated the sponsors for their willingness to celebrate and recognize grandparents at the high school level. Although grandparents are often honored at the elementary level, seldom do high schools take time to celebrate their efforts and contributions.

Pine Bluff Superintendent Jeremy Owoh also applauded the grandparents for all they do for their grandchildren.

“He thanked them for partnering with the district to bring out the very best in our scholars,” according to the release.

Owoh also reminded participants that he remains committed to providing opportunities for the students to be successful and welcomes partnership opportunities that would benefit them.

“Scholars introduced their grandparents and provided stories and examples of why their grandparent remains special to them. Scholars thanked their grandparents for loving them unconditionally and for making sure that they stay on track as they work toward high school graduation. Grandparents also shared stories, memories, and examples of why they decided to actively participate in their grandchildren’s lives,” according to the release.

Before the luncheon, grandparents received facials, manicures, pedicures and hair styling services from Kimberly Forney and her students in the PBHS Cosmetology Department. Lunch was served by students enrolled in PBHS CTE program. Music was provided by 11th grader Keenan Peet and 12th grader Allen Smith.