"We hold this event to help expose students to extracurricular activities and increase their interest in these activities at a young age," said Kingsland School Parents (KSP) member Sarah Reiland, anticipating the second annual KSP Night at the Game, slated for the Friday, Jan. 18, Kingsland girls' varsity basketball game set for 6:15 p.m. at Kingsland High School in Spring Valley.

"Another purpose is to build a sense of school pride starting at a young age. Finally, we want to encourage families in the district to seek out fun family activities," she added.

During Night at the Game kindergarten through sixth grade students will be admitted for free with a paying adult. The Spirit Club will be helping students make fun signs before the game, and students will be encouraged to lead the crowd in the school song. The local Cub Scout troop will be presenting the pre-game flag ceremony and a middle school group will be singing the National Anthem. Games will be held during halftime and prizes will be given away.

"We're really excited to see some of the elementary teachers and Mr. Priebe participate in a halftime game this year," she added.

Reiland elaborated on how the event benefits families. "By offering reduced admission on this night, families have a chance to try this option out and see if they would want to come to more games. We enjoy seeing families at the game that aren't typically at games, and seeing the kids having fun.

"This will be an affordable night of entertainment, which will include an exciting basketball game, as well as specific activities for the kids. Plus, they might win a prize."

The school parents' group chose to reprise Night at the Game because it was a successful venture last year.

"It was well received last year. We had about 70 students attend and heard positive comments, so we thought this was definitely something that should be repeated. Mr. Speltz, the athletic director, has been helpful with logistics. The remainder of the planning has been done by KSP.

"At this point, we're still gathering prizes, so I don't know which businesses will be donating, but the school district has been very supportive of this effort, which makes it easier for us to put on an event like this."

Reiland said families should plan to arrive a little before the start of the game to take part in some pre-game activities.

"Please come and support the Knights and introduce your kids to something they might not typically have the opportunity to participate in."