Though it could easily have been just another open house, Roxboro Road Middle School's Family Fun Night was a stress reliever for the community. For Roxboro students, free snacks, interesting displays and a G-rated movie helped dispel the strict feeling of school hallways, said Roxboro 6th-grader Lwan Asfaw.
"It's just a time for all the families to come in and have fun," Asfaw said.
Staff and students volunteered their time Wednesday, May 25 to host a crowd of almost 300, said Tamara Moran, a secretary at Roxboro Middle. Any local organization with a youth program was welcome to send volunteers, and this year's lineup was the largest in recent times. And a fair number of high school students, either from an organization like the CanTeen youth center or there to satisfy a government participation grade, served snacks and ushered a showing of Wallace and Gromit.
"They're everywhere. They're fantastic," Moran said of the volunteers.
The night also gave Roxboro's fitness and computer clubs a chance to connect with students and parents. The fitness club organizes events such as school dances, a three-by-three basketball tournament, and registration for the annual Swamp Rat race. Lucia said the club competes with groups from most other district schools to recruit the most members.