Thursday, September 30, 2010

Academic Family Fun Night Success

Tuesday night Smithville Elementary hosted it's first Academic Family Fun Night. Preparation for the event began in March and the committee's hard work paid off. The cafeteria was packed with smiling kids and their families were eager to move from one activity to another. This event was designed to be hands-on, and it was. Elementary students were pulling their families from one station to the next challenging them to play the next game or participate in the next activity.

Little brothers and sisters were also participating and having a great time. The event began at 6PM and was scheduled to run through 7:30PM. The only problem, we couldn't get people to stop playing! The energy in the cafeteria was contagious and at a constant buzz. Families got a hands-on sampling of what their children learn in school and how to extend the learning process at home. The stations included organizing a backpack, planting seeds, using a microscope, skip counting, making paint, estimation jars, using context clues, finding the main idea, and many others.

Once students and their families checked in, they were given a map of the activities and a binder ring. At the completion of each station, participants received an index card with the game information to place on their binder ring for use at home. The Academic Family Fun Night committee wanted students and their families to have an opportunity to continue learning and playing the games even after the actual event. Each child also turned in their maps for a prize packet at the conclusion of the event. The prize packet included pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and small notepads.

We were excited to have others from within the school system and community helping out as well. Jill Strube with Safe Routes to School, and the Recycling Grant attended, as did Chris, Misha, and Stacy of First National Bank with the Save for America Program. The SHS Pals group was on hand supporting the Child Nutrition Department and helping at various booths. Candy Beihle with the Child Nutrition Department was on hand providing samples to families as was Starr Waneck with the S.H.A.C. (School Health Advisory Committee), providing handouts to families promoting health and safety.

A huge thank you goes out to The SES Booster Club for supporting the event and also for providing a concession stand.

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