Photo by Heather Middleton
By Mehgaan Jones
Jonesboro Middle School has created a fun way to bring teachers, parents and students together for a night of learning, games and fellowship.
The school holds a Learning Carnival twice a year, in the fall and spring. The carnival is divided into three sessions, based upon grade and subject, according to school officials.
Parents and students, who participated in this year's fall event, Tuesday, were allowed to choose activities during sessions, which lasted 30 minutes each.
Within each session was the option to play games, such as Math Bingo, Geography Jeopardy and Literacy Taboo.
"We started the Learning Carnival two years ago," said Jonesboro Middle School Principal Freda Givens.
She said, in the past, the school would have different academic nights, such as a Math Night and Science Night.
Givens said the Learning Carnival puts all subjects together in one night. If a parent has children in different grades, the parent will not have to go to the school on different nights, to meet with teachers, or address concerns, she added.
"We are happy to have our parents in our building," the principal said.
The event welcomed not only students and parents, but all family members to the school, located at 1308 Arnold Street.
"I told my staff that I don't care if we have ten or ten-thousand [people], we are going to work with the ones who come," Givens said.
Jonesboro Middle School art teacher, Maggie Sheehan, had various arts and crafts activities, such as painting, and making finger puppets, planned for those who attended.
"They [parents] get to learn along with their children, which is great," said Sheehan.
"I believe that art can join family and community."
Physical Science teacher Sharon Stroud presented a Science Jeopardy game to students and parents. The game consisted of force and motion terms.
Stroud also had science fair projects displayed for parents and family to view.
"It [Learning Carnival] gives the parents a time to sit in the classroom and work with their children to see what is available, and the children get a chance to display what they have done," said Stroud.
Eighth Grader and Student Council President, Laneishia Williams, said the Learning Carnival is a great way to show parents what students are doing in school.
"I think it's a way for everybody to learn new stuff that they didn't know before, and also a way for parents to get involved to see what the kids are learning daily in class," said Williams.
Social Studies teacher Sharon Reddick welcomed participants to play map games, on Tuesday night.
Parents and students laughed as they put together a puzzle of the world.
"... It's important mainly because it empowers parents to aid their children," said Reddick.
Also during the Learning Carnival, there were performances by the honor chorus, band and string ensemble.
The school gave away Walmart gift cards, through a prize drawing. Chick-fil-A also gave away free meal coupons.
The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) was on hand, and a representative from Arts Clayton was present to do arts and crafts with small children, to entertain them while their parents met with teachers, according to Principal Freda Givens.
"We wanted to just have some things accessible to our parents, to make this a very convenient night," she said.