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EAST GOSHEN — Smart Night at East Goshen Elementary School on Tuesday wasn’t about intelligence, but instead focused on core subjects in a fun, interactive way for students, parents and teachers.
“Smart Night (stands for) science, math, art and technology,” said Paulette Tykwinski, the instructional coach at East Goshen. “What we did is have teachers come up with a bunch of ideas that had to do with all four of those things and we created stations to have students come learn and explore new things along with their parents to build a good relationship with the community, as well as the students coming in and having engaging and hands-on activities that isn’t just what’s happening in the classroom.”
Stations were set up throughout a good portion of the school Tuesday night, with students and parents having access in the “pit” area, a few hallways and the cafeteria.
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The stations also featured a wide range of activities for the students, including making paper flowers, origami, bubble gum Olympics, dancing raisins and much more.
For being the first time holding Smart Night, Tykwinski was impressed with the turnout.
“Something similar used to happen maybe 10 years ago as just a math night, but we wanted to include everything this time around,” she said. “We had 247 people come. We had sent out an RSVP and we had about 150 people respond, so the night of the event, a lot more people came. It was great.”
The event was open to all grade levels at the school and, as Tykwinski pointed out, a good representation from each grade came out.
The students were also able to move at their own pace during Smart Night.
“We had advertised what the stations were going to be through our newsletter every week and then when the students came in, they signed in with me at the table and I gave them a passport,” Tykwinski said. “They were able to visit as many stations as they wanted and it was free-flowing. If they visited at least four stations, they won a prize at the end. Most students did more than four stations.”
One station in particular had the entire school involved, whether they came out to the event or not.
“The entire school and some faculty made self-portraits and they were hanging in the hallways and cafeteria,” Tykwinski said. “They attached a QR code so people could scan the code and there were three facts or interesting things about them inside the code.”
With the popularity that the first Smart Night had at East Goshen, Tykwinski and the other teachers and faculty involved are hoping to keep the event going for as long as there is interest.
“We were joking that the bar was set high,” Tykwinski said. “We want to continue to do it each year and hopefully we’ll come up with new and creative stations.”