“We’re a school of 1,000 people and the kids come, they bring their parents and their younger siblings and their older siblings, and I think we offer a lot of different community activities in a forum for community organizations to show off what they do and encourage people to go out into our community,” Snider said. “It’s a very busy two hours with lots of energy and lots of fun.”
Community partners attending Family Discovery Night include, but are not limited to, Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, the Bartow County Library System, Redtop Mountain State Park and Etowah Valley Humane Society.
Snider said the event usually features 20 to 25 vendors while also partnering with other schools in the Cartersville School System.
“The middle school jazz band comes and some people come and talk about transitioning to the middle school. Usually we have a few of our high school athletes come and play in the gym with our kids,” Snider said. “We’re going to feature some things this year with our new wellness plan that talks about our improving nutrition program and some of the things we do in P.E. for health and safety.”
She continued, “We have confirmations from the Etowah Valley Historical Society, they’re going to be a new vendor for us this year, which will be really exciting [because] they’ve got some great outreach program for young people to encourage them to be aware of our community and the history of our area.”
She said Family Fun Night regularly sees a large turnout of community members because of the response they receive from CES students and their families.
“I think they enjoy being able to talk to the community and get the word out about what they do and what they offer to families and children,” Snider said.
Food from Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase early in the evening and the book fair will be open, but otherwise, Snider said, the event is of no cost to CES students and family.
“It’s a very family-friendly evening,” Snider said. “... There’s a lot of energy and a lot of fun for the whole family and school.”
The event will be held indoors.