Despite the upbeat nature of the Family Fun & Resource Night held at Booker Middle School on Feb. 8, there was more going on beneath the surface of the event.
While children and adults took to the platform in the school’s courtyard to dance in synchronization, there were also resources on display, like CenterPlace Health, MCR Health and Women’s Resource Center.
The event, which made its debut that night, helped bring together the community in North Sarasota County for the benefit of students, said Harriet Moore, director of strategic engagement for Sarasota County Schools.
“We want to engage students, and parents and staff, and our community so that we can strengthen our families and then, at the end of the day, impact our students’ achievement,” she said.
At the same time, members of the community said they enjoyed the chance to get together with others for the celebratory event which featured activities like face painting, cornhole, a 360-degree photo booth and student performances in the cafeteria.
“Honestly, it’s so much fun,” said Annabelle Truong, a high school senior and student ambassador for College for Every Student. “There’s a nostalgia in interacting with all of the younger kids.”
The school district also will be holding a similar event in South Sarasota County in the future.
“We hope that families will understand that when we engage with their students, then their students are more likely to be successful,” said Parent and Family Engagement Administrator Davian Spires.