Students, parents and Mount Airy school officials turned out for a chance to mingle and — in the case of the students and school officials — show off some of the things the schools have been doing during the third-annual Community Night on Tuesday.
Students and parents filled the commons area and the gymnasium at Mount Airy High School to see what the school district had to offer.
“Community night is a fun event for the Mount Airy community,” said Carrie Venable, public information officer for Mount Airy City Schools.
Each school showcased their science, technology, engineering, art and math theme with student musical performances, the Leader in Me program, problem-based mathematics and even a NASCAR race car.
“It’s always great for a community to come together and support the student-centered activities going on in their schools. The turnout was overwhelming,” said Dr. Kim Morrison, chief innovation and academic officer.
“Community Night highlights the amazing things that are taking place in our school district. It serves to celebrate our efforts in becoming one of the country’s best school districts. I am blown away by the hard work of our students and staff and thrilled to see what they can accomplish,” said Dr. Greg Little, superintendent.
“Each year participation has increased in amazing ways,” said Venable. This year the schools moved the event from January to November. “This change allowed us to include outdoor activities which were a hit even with the light rain we experienced.”
Richard Childress Racing provided the #3 Cheerios car to highlight the school system’s new partnership with them. The informational booths didn’t disappoint, as they provided content and examples of what the school districts are doing to grow each and every student.
Parents of current and prospective students were able to explore programs and initiatives such as Balanced Literacy, Leader in Me, Language Leaders, Problem/Project-based Learning, Chinese, Career and Technical Education and much more.
Students from Jones held a wax museum for the second year in a row with 16 students participating. The school also had booths from Project Lazarus, DARE/Explores, English as a Second Language community programs, and their MAPSS grant.
The arts programs in Mount Airy City Schools also showcased their work through the Art Gallery Walk and student performances.
“You could see the pride students had in their efforts and being able to share their work with a large audience,” said Venable.
The night would not have been possible without the various student groups that ran activities, and helped make the event run smoothly, added Venable.
The high school’s HOSA club held its third health fair and second “Boo-boo clinic.” Students from the Interact clubs from Mount Airy High School and Middle School, Student Government Association from the middle school, and Lighthouse Team from Jones were placed throughout the event which made everything run smoothly, according to Venable.
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