By Kim Walter
Students, their families and friends are invited from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Signal Knob Middle School's Family Fitness Night.
The event is sponsored by the school's Related Arts department and the Family Career and Community Leaders of America club.
Emily Barnes, family consumer sciences teacher and club adviser, said students met over the summer to come up with ideas for events that would promote making healthy choices in the community. While the club and Related Arts department have held events in past years to encourage parent and community involvement, Barnes said the turnout was never that great.
"The students came up with this idea to focus on health and wellness and they just rolled with it," she said.
The event will not only focus on physical fitness, but also fitness of the mind and finances. Teachers from several departments will run various stations, Barnes said.
"The wife of our strings teacher is a Zumba instructor, so we're holding two free sessions in the cafeteria," she said. Students and staff alike are excited about that activity as the Zumba craze has really taken off, she added.
Social fitness games will be available for younger students and children to participate in while their parent or other family member do other things. These games will include ladder ball and corn hole.
The gym will play host to recreational games as well as an open fitness room with weights, elliptical machines and other exercise equipment.
"Parents and students can just kind of float around and experience these things together, as a family," Barnes said.
The school's gifted and talented education teacher will present some "mind fitness" activities to will help individuals with keeping their brains flowing throughout the day.
"Our librarian is very good with her money, and has gotten into couponing," Barnes said. "She'll go over savings in general and show families how to coupon."
Barnes said the event goes well with the club's goal, which is to build students as a whole person, so in turn they will build stronger families.
"From there, stronger families will become stronger communities," she said. "This event will help focus on making those families fit all around so they're contributing to our community in a positive way."
Students have been preparing for the event by inviting other students and encouraging the school population to attend through the daily morning announcements.
"They've really taken it upon themselves to encourage other students," she said. "They're extremely proud that they not only thought of this idea, but it's actually happening now. These kids really want this to be a success."
Though the event is geared toward students and their families, other community members are welcome as well.
Contact staff writer Kim Walter at 540-465-5137 ext. 191, or firstname.lastname@example.org