Family Adventure Night: Under The Sea

“This is the best night of my life ever!” exclaimed 7-year-old Cheyenne Tingen as she exited Harrowgate Elementary School loaded with books, candy, and other treasures she had amassed during the evening.  The threat of Hurricane Sandy could not keep 709 students, parents and faculty members from participating in Family Adventure Night:  Under the Sea on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at Harrowgate Elementary School.

Students and parents followed a treasure map through the school that had been transformed into an underwater paradise of blue lights, fish and other sea creatures hanging from the ceilings, and a giant shark mouth that they had to walk through as they sought out Neptune’s lost treasure.  Many students chose to dress in disguise so that Neptune would not know that mere mortals were stealing his treasure!  Along the way, they participated in mathematics, reading, science, and social studies activities taught by Harrowgate teachers.  At each stop, parents received educational games to play with their children at home.  Every game was especially designed to reinforce critical academic concepts needed for success on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.  Families were also treated to a free hotdog, baked beans, chips, drink and desert dinner.

Captain Fred Scott (principal) and First Mate Jana Kline (assistant principal) oversaw the evening.  “The parents were overwhelmingly appreciative,” reported Scott.  “I saw active participation at every session with parents engaged as much as the students.  We couldn’t be more thrilled with the excellent turnout and support of our parents.”  Kline, who was experiencing her first Family Adventure Night, stated, “This is the most academically enriching event that I have ever witnessed, either as a parent myself or as an educator.  The quality of information and materials, as well as the level of enthusiasm from parents, students, and teachers alike is truly amazing!”

Governor Bob McDonnell has declared November 2012 as Family Involvement In Education Month, urging all parents, educators and citizens to join him in recognition of the importance of parental involvement in their children’s schools, lives and in the education community.


Family Adventure Night

I've been teaching at Harrowgate for many years. Family Adventure Night is the single best activity we have for giving parents and students fun ways to reinforce academic skills at home. It's a blast! We have great fun and the kids hardly even know that they are working hard on academics. It is very rewarding as a teacher to see the lightbulbs go off in parents when they identify the skills and exactly how we expect children to demonstrate them. We couldn't do it without the tremendous time and energy put into it by Ms.Taffy and Ms. Daniels! Thanks!

Harrowgate's Family Adventure Night

Harrowgate's Family Adventure Night was the most well organized and effective activity I have ever been involved in. After teaching for 35 years, I can honestly say that the event flowed smoothly and effectively helped the parents understand how to work with their students at home and understand what is happening in the classroom. Parental involvement is so important if the student is to succeed in their education. Parental support is of utmost improtance for the educational process to take hold and flurish in each child. Thank you, Taffy and all those who helped to make this night so successful for the families.

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