Math Night lights up family fun
March 15, 2013
VICNEZA, Italy- About 150 families with approximately 250 students joined together during Math Night held at the Villaggio school complex March 6, where the PTSA and faculty offered an evening of fun and engaging mathematical games and activities for children of all ages.
"We had 20 stations such as 'my weight on other planets,' 'marshmallow geometry,' graphing art, probability and two-person strategy games," said Melissa Vinton, the PTSA's Math Night coordinator.
Students collected stamp on their Math Night activity cards as they moved from station to station.
"Math Night is fun and my favorite station is the chewing gum station," said 6-year-old Lucy Chapman.
Laney Reardon, 7, loved "making houses out of marshmallows."
"It is like a challenge for them. If they complete the card they get an incentive, like a night off homework," said Sgt. Radia Marquis, 106th Finance Management Company, who accompanied her 7-year-old son to the event.
"I just came back from deployment and I think this is a good event for the children and for the family coming out with them to have some family time. The children can also learn, and it makes it easier to learn while they have fun," said Marquis.
"This is my first year helping because I actually arrived here about six months ago. I had lots of help from PTSA members Kelli Williams, Berni Hanley and Trina Downey, as well as parent volunteers Stephanie Talley, Gene Tramm, Susan Constable, Renuka Dayaprema and Cristina Bowers, and some VHS, VMS and VES students who helped us set up for the event," she said.
Volunteers, teachers and members of the Caserma Ederle Fire Department helped set up the event, and many parents sent donations of supplies for the evening.
"I would just like to thank all the parents who brought their kids out, despite the rain, to enjoy this wonderful learning event," said Vinton.