On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Swainsboro Middle School partnered with Magnolia Midlands GYSTC, Queensborough National Bank & Trust, and the East Georgia State College CHOICE Program to present Science and Savings Night.
The event feature activities that worked towards the goal of sharing the importance of science in solving real life problems and saving money. Events included building a levee, creating a personal bank while learning about the importance of saving money, an escape room featuring science, math and English puzzles; and Sink or Float, where students designed objects to keep them afloat as waters start to rise.
“MMGYSTC was excited to be a part of the SMS Family Night again this year,” said Director Erin Youmans. “One of the goals of GYSTC is to promote interest and enthusiasm for STEM subjects, and by working with Kelly Jarriel and Deanna Ryan from SMS and Vicki Anderson and Catherine Crapps from QNBT, we were able to provide a night of Science and Savings that did just that!”
“It was so inspiring to see the families working together throughout the night while learning valuable concepts,” she continued. “We also had tremendous help from EGSC students under the direction of Theresa Davis. It was a wonderful partnership all the way around and I feel it was very beneficial to all involved!”
“It was wonderful to see so many families playing and learning together at school,” added Deanna Ryan. “Too often, school becomes a place where people fear judgment, which is the worst environment for learning. Learning, at its best, is fun and an experience. I feel teachers, students and parents got a glimpse of that through our float, levee and Escape Room activities. We look forward to doing this again next year and incorporating the suggestions of parents and students!”
Vicki Anderson also expressed her appreciation for participation in the event, explaining that the students in the Queensborough-sponsored classroom were given bank savings boxes to create their own piggy banks while Queensborough presented a program titled Create-N-Save.
“This program is a win-win, teaching students and parents about the need and importance of savings,” Anderson explained. “As the students rotated during the evening, they had an opportunity to earn ‘duck bucks’ for completing, and even more for winning, at each station. At the end of the evening, they were able to cash in the duck bucks for a variety of prizes depending on the amount of duck bucks they earned. This was a wonderful community outreach to students and parents, and it was a joy to watch the excitement of the students as they learned!”