SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A walk down memory lane shows that pictures do in fact speak a thousand words.
Over the years, Maria Martinez smiles big alongside her grandchildren on a day made just for grandparents at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Mira Mesa.
"It gave me the opportunity to see my grandparents and to get to know them and be part of their lives," said Nadeen Dessouky, Maria's granddaughter. "During Grandparents Day, we'd learn more about each other and do fun activities and go to mass and spend time together."
This year, Maria and other grandparents couldn't attend the celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic, one that's hit the senior community especially hard.
"If we couldn't have them on campus, we thought the next best thing would be a virtual thing at least they can watch," said Good Shepherd Principal Ladonna Lambert.
The video sent to grandparents showcased messages from students to their grandparents and included photos of the fondest memories with them.
"I hope this brings good memories and shows we're still staying connected and that the children love and adore their grandparents even though many times now they're seeing them virtually," said Nadeen's mother and Maria's daughter, Veronica.
While students can't see their grandparents for now, many like Nadeen are hopeful for the future.
"I hope most of us get the vaccine so we can be closer together because I like to see my grandparents, learn about them and make new memories,” Nadeen said.