What do you get when you combine rock climbing, percussion instruments, and kids who are in charge of their parents for an evening? Well, you get one very fun-filled evening at Independence Elementary. On Monday, Feb. 13, students and families came together for the “Lead with Your Heart” Family Night. This event jump-started the Valentine’s week with exciting activities that included rock climbing, PE, art and music creation, as well as coding. The activities were divided into stations, and students led their parents through and showed them the proper way of doing them!
“It was so cool to see the kids excited to come to school to show their parents the activities,” said Assistant Principal Jana Schultz. “They even got excited to show the little things, like where they sit in the cafeteria.”
Along with the heart-racing activities, students even had a chance show off their musical skills. Music teacher William McDade led the music activities, and students filled the rooms with the sounds of drums and percussion instruments. Following the We Love to Code! Week, students had the chance to show their parents the fun in learning how to create computer code. They walked them through the applications, and devices that they used that helped introduce them to this beneficial skill.
“Events of this caliber demonstrate to parents the excitement their children have when it comes to learning,” said Schultz. “Not only are students having fun learning, they’re gaining applicable skills. What better way to share that with their biggest cheerleaders – their parents.”