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Family Fun Festival

Family Fun Festival
Posted on 06/01/2017
By: Christina Gavin

Family FestivalOn Thursday, March 24th, Kennedy-Longfellow School hosted its first Family Fun Festival, a night filled with food, games, crafts, and family activities. Each student made a hand-decorated card to invite families to this special event.

Students and families were welcomed in the lobby to kick off the night. Kids collected their Family Fun “passports” to stamp as they completed activities, traveling to over a dozen stations around the school. Each station featured an interactive craft, activity or a game that was designed for students to do together with their families.

Family FestivalThe idea for the Family Fun Festival came from a team of teachers at the K-Lo looking to engage and connect with families. “We wanted to bring kids’ home family and school family together,” said 3rd grade teacher Jenny Phillips. “We hoped to provide a wide spectrum of activities that families could enjoy, while planting idea seeds for family time at home.”

At the Food and Nutrition Station, families made fun and healthy snacks. At the Game station, kids and families played cards, made their own jigsaw puzzles, and Mancala games. Craft stations were set up in the activity room. Students were excited to create their own sock puppets and recycle monsters. Kids and grownups got moving at the Scooter Super Highway and the Dance Party stations set up in the Gym.

At the Forts and Bedtime station, kids and families built their own forts out of old sheets, towels, and blankets. Families gathered in the Yoga Calmdown station as Mrs. Lang read The Very Cranky Bear and taught some yoga poses for bedtime.

Family Fun NightFamilies left with hand-made treats, games, and activities from the stations they visited. To wrap up the evening, kids turned in their passports to collect another special prize: a game kit for families to play at home. On the way out, parents shared their enthusiasm about the event. “What a great turn out! “ said Officer Lopez, parent to a 4th grade student. “It was enlightening to see the amount of families who came out and enjoyed themselves!” Another parent said, “This was a great night and a great way to connect.”

“It was truly the most engaging family night I have seen take place in over 15 years at the K-Lo!” said one teacher, adding that the event helped to “strengthen our community.” Based on glowing feedback and the amazing turn out, Family Fun Fest is sure to return to K-Lo next year!