Night at the Game for young
Knights, parents set for Jan. 24
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:32 AM
Be a Knight at the game, courtesy of KSP.
Kingsland School Parents (KSP) Night at the Game on Friday, Jan. 24, during the boys' varsity basketball game against Fillmore Central allows students in elementary and middle school to be admitted for free with a paid adult.
"Our goal is to encourage more student, family and community support for our Knights, to encourage students to get involved in school activities at an early age and continue involvement through high school," said Tiffany Mundfrom, new president of KSP.
"We encourage everyone to come out and support the kids," said Mundfrom, but students in kindergarten through sixth grade will receive certificates in Friday folders to get in free with a paid adult. During halftime, there will be a paper airplane game, as well as a dribbling contest, for the kids to participate in, and prize drawings for prizes such as community education certificates, coupons from businesses around town, concession tickets and Knight shirts. Also, each family will receive a Kingsland Knights window cling. The KSP Knight Gear table will also be set up to purchase shirts or hats to show your school spirit.
The evening will be fun because of "the games at halftime, but also, I think the kids coming together and showing school spirit creates a fun atmosphere," said the KSP president. "We hope the free kids' admission with a parent will encourage families to come out. We like to hold these events to encourage school support, but also let families know that KSP is out there and providing these things for our students and staff."
Mundfrom explained that KSP is a parent group for Kingsland elementary and middle schools. Members volunteer in the schools and the group helps fund classroom activities and teacher appreciation.
"Our mission is to help and support the teachers and staff - they have a big job, and we think they deserve our support," said Mundfrom. "We also want to encourage school involvement from both kids and parents. I think that just creates a more positive environment for everyone.
KSP holds a variety of events for students each school year, such as fundraising projects and organized fun activities for students and their families. It sponsors bus races at Deer Creek, KSP Night at the Game, and new this year will be the year-end carnival on May 17. It also does fundraising, such as collecting BoxTops and Scrip gift cards around the holidays, and KSP provided the playground equipment.
"We aren't as much about big events as little activities that we support, like Popcorn Fridays the last Friday of the month at the elementary - it's just a little something extra, and the kids love it," said Mundfrom. "We do the spring book fair, yearbooks, Knight Gear, fund Weekly Readers and classroom field trips...this year, we funded the Halloween parties where the kids got to decorate cookies. But we are also here for the teachers to reach out to if they need a classroom parent or the school needs volunteers for things like vision and hearing screening. This year, we helped provide a potluck for the teachers during fall conferences, as we know it's a hectic night for them."
KSP is always seeking new members and ideas for events, but the challenge is scheduling those events so that they don't conflict with other school events.
"We don't want to interfere with other school group activities, but still want to let people know that we are here to support our students, teachers and staff," she said. "We always welcome new members and fresh ideas, especially anyone interested in volunteering at the schools...parents, teachers or anyone who wants to help support our school and classroom activities. We encourage all parents to get involved! We have many opportunities to help out, and it's a great way to meet other parents and really have a positive impact on your child's school."
Anyone interested in learning more about KSP or would like to become a member can email Mundfrom at KingslandSchoolParents@gmail.com, and anyone interested in helping with the kids' carnival and fundraiser on Saturday, May 17, can contact Cheyenne Kolling.