Photo by Jeylin White
Babb Middle School’s dance team performed before a crowd of parents and students during the school’s annual Family Fun Night, Wednesday evening at the school.
Time, money and the demands of work, may be contributing factors that keep people from spending quality time with their loved ones.
To Lindsay Crump, the parent liaison at Babb Middle School, regardless of the distractions, spending quality time with family is priceless.
In an effort to bring families together –– for at least one night –– Crump, along with the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), hosted a Family Fun Night at Babb Middle School Wednesday evening, for parents and students.
“We want to show parents that spending time together as family is not only important, but can be inexpensive as well,” said Crump.
The evening began with special performances by the school’s dance team, band, and the chorus group. Afterward, scores filled the school’s cafeteria and feasted on buffet items provided by the school. They also enjoyed a slew of games.
Own Smart USA, a furniture/appliance store, in Riverdale, donated an 82-inch flat screen television and Xbox kinect, for the gathering. Part owner of the company, Torey McCormick, said this is a good way for his company to connect with the community, and build a relationship with the school system.
“We will be doing this with all the schools in the county,” said McCormick. “We’re a new business, and connecting with the schools is the best way to let people know who we are.”
Dana Iraka and her son, Amania, 12, who is a sixth-grader at Babb, seemed to really enjoy themselves at the festive event, as they bobbed their heads and moved in their seats to the beat of the Rhythm and Blues music that resonated in the background.
However, Dana admitted that her son had to drag her by her feet, to attend the celebration. “I thought it would be good,” said Dana. “My son had to do a little convincing –– but, I knew it would be good to come out and support the school.”
Dana said she is one of those parents for whom finding time to spend with family can be challenging, because of the demands of work and other responsibilities. In her opinion, that is a common obstacle for many parents.
“It’s so challenging, most people work the 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., schedule,” she said, “and if you’re working on the other side of town, you don’t get home till [late].” She added that, by the time she gets home from work, she’s so exhausted, the only thing on her mind is to decompress.
She said, however, mustering up the extra energy to spend time with her family is worth it. “Ultimately, as parents, we have to get involved [with our children,] especially if we want to comment about what’s happening in our schools.”
Jada Headspeth, 12, a sixth-grader at Babb, displayed an optimistic attitude, even though her parents could not attend the family gathering. She said she understands that parents have other responsibilities, and it’s not easy to always make every school event. “Because parents work so much, they don’t have the time to spend with their children,” she said. “That’s why they really need to come these events [family fun night] and have fun.”