On Tuesday November 15, Lulu Ross Elementary had their Annual Family Night. The theme this year was a “Knight to Remember”, bringing to life the medieval times for students and their parents. Teachers dressed in traditional renaissance attire, decorated their classrooms and invited students to participate in medieval games and entertainment.
For Lulu Ross Elementary this is a chance to get students and parents involved in the school through activities other than school work. The school was packed with families from the Milford School District making their own crested shields, goblets and royal crowns. Students enjoyed projects in each classroom that reflected the theme of the night while providing an educational experience.
“Every year that I have been a member of the Ross Family “Family Night” has become a bigger and better event, commented teacher Michele McKenzie. “It is awesome to see how the staff pulls together, and the students come in with happy faces. It is a pleasure to be able to offer a night that is stress free, and cost free to our Ross community.”
The expected number of individuals attending family night was over 800 individuals. All were encouraged to dress up in costume, and many were. The library was set up as the ‘dragon’s liar’ where students created pictures of their own unique dragons, there was a traveling show for jesters which included juggling and a renaissance jeopardy. Students also had a special visit from Queen Elizabeth who talked about the differences between the medieval age and present time.
“It really is nice for kids, parents and teachers to be able to take a break from their everyday routines to just enjoy themselves,” commented Ashley Huber, Teacher at Lulu Ross Elementary. “Kids really enjoy seeing the school decorated and teachers dressed up. We get better with each year and keep topping ourselves.”
This Family Night is the unofficial kickoff to National Education Week which is aimed at highlighting the importance of giving every child the opportunity of a great education. There was a dinner for families and a raffle which included community sponsorships from Wal-Mart. Families were also encouraged to bring perishable food items to help with the school’s Thanksgiving Food Drive that is held each year.