SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Parents, grandparents and students at Young Elementary School participated in camping-themed events during Family Fun Night on Oct. 16.

The evening at the school provided plenty of fun and food and it was an opportunity for the students to teach the parents. As families walked throughout the building they were greeted by teachers at stations with "things to do" that demonstrated the "7 Healthy Habits" that students have been learning during their years at Young Elementary.

Each station had a learning purpose for all habits. Habit 1: Be Proactive students were exploring the difference between reactive and proactive approaches with water bottles. Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind, students had to plan ahead how to create a tower with different sized objects. Habit 3: Put first things first, students explored what the "big rocks" in their lives are and how to prioritize them. Habit 4: Think Win-Win, students explored how to find a "third alternative" to allow all to win. Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood, students completed mad lib style stories without knowing content to see how confusing things can be when you don’t know the whole story. Habit 6: Synergize, students were blindfolded and worked with a partner to go through a maze. They had to work together to accomplish the goal. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw, students learned/reviewed the "hand motions" for all 7 Habits.

Principal Jennifer Ganzer was excited about the well-attended event and was stationed outside the school’s front entrance to greet each family.

The highlight of the evening, which put smiles on the kid’s faces, was the s’mores station. When the students completed a station, they received a stamp on their camping passport. Once they obtained all seven stamps, they earned a trip to the station where they were able to make a s’mores over the indoor "campfire".

The kids are loving this year’s camping theme for the 7 Healthy Habits this year, according to the teachers and staff.

Teacher Denise Freeze explained each parent received a handout with the information about the "7 Healthy Habits." She added that they were selling spirit wear, the book fair was open for parents to purchase books and the Red Beard’s Food truck was on hand for families to purchase food items.

This was the second year for the family night event and, once again, the families enjoyed their time working together to learn more about the habits and what the children are doing during their time at school each day.