Kids, Parents Learn to Incorporate Lessons into Daily Life at Stream Night
GREENE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Greene County Public Schools is hoping a new tradition will help bring students and parents together to improve health and wellness outside of the classroom.
Stream Night allows students in Greene County to participate in fun and engaging ways to use science and technology at home.
Kids and their parents came out to Stream Night on Wednesday, March 6, which is one of the highest-attended family nights each year at Nathanael Greene Elementary School.
“One of the things we're really working with our kids on is how to use what we're learning in school to impact their lives,” Regina Hissong, the assistant principal at the elementary school, said.
Hundreds of parents, teachers, and students showed up on Wednesday to learn ways to use science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math outside of the classroom.
"I think it's a good environment, and it also promotes the science, the wellness, the fitness - things of that nature,” Jennifer Rea, a parent, said.
“When we talk about health and wellness and how we can take care of ourselves, it kind of gives them a little bit more of a realistic way of how they can take it home and apply it to their lives,” Hissong said.
Each classroom offered a range of activities that featured fun and educational tasks meant to help students and their families work together toward living a healthier lifestyle.
"I think it encourages parent-teacher interaction, and I also think it encourages a more unified setting for them to show and promote the things they do here and also have the parents’ involvement,” Jennifer Ray, a parent, said.
Division leaders say making science and technology fun for kids could also help them pursue those career paths later in life.
“Hopefully they can consider doing careers in the areas that we start to build some initial understanding in elementary school and that interest can take on a bigger meaning as they get older,” Hissong said.
Schools leaders also used Wednesday night as a chance to collect canned goods for the local foodbank, and they say they’ve already started planning next year's event.