Students celebrate math and Halloween

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 31, 2004

FERRIDAY &045; Desiree Conner had a good system down for getting candy at Thursday night’s Halloween Family Math Night at Ferriday Lower Elementary School.

&uot;I’ve been doing the first-grade games,&uot; the second-grader said.

The FLES cafeteria was transformed into a Halloween-themed setting with a row of math games for each grade-level.

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The students worked with their parents to do counting, addition, subtraction and other math related games. FLES Principal Loretta Peterman said the family night was an annual event aimed at encouraging parental involvement.

Conner said she didn’t even have to beg to get her parents to come.

&uot;They wanted to come because it was a special night,&uot; she said.

Beverly Harris brought her granddaughter, Dazmielle, to the event to find more lessons to do at home.

&uot;I wanted to learn some different activities,&uot; Harris said. &uot;She likes to be challenged and math is her favorite subject.

&uot;I’ve gotten a lot. This is a wonderful workshop.&uot;

Ronquielle Johnson, a first-grader, got her mother and grandmother to come to the family night.

&uot;It’s investing in the child for their future,&uot; her grandmother Linda Johnson said. &uot;We didn’t have things like this when I was in school. We are having lots of fun.&uot;

Kindergarten teacher Dianne Wiley said parental involvement was key to a child’s success.

&uot;This is an exciting way for them be involved,&uot; Wiley said. &uot;It gives us a good time to talk and have fun together.&uot;

Games included spider count, ghost match and patterns from Saturn.

Jaqurrius Green, 6, said he liked matching the numbers the best, but all the games were fun.

Peterman said she was happy with Thursday’s turnout.

&uot;It was a huge crowd,&uot; she said. &uot;They enjoy it every year. It gives them ideas to take home and practice.&uot;

The parents and students who attended received a bag of math-related activities to take home, along with the candy won during the night.