Evening of Play
Clemmons parents, kids share games at school
By Danielle Deaver
CLEMMONS -- Dozens of children brought their parents back to school with them Thursday night for Clemmons Elementary's first Playshop, a workshop that let parents, students and teachers play games and solve brain teasers together.
| ''We need everybody to work together. We have some brain teasers where everybody is looking at different clues and you have to come up with the phrase that it means,'' Ertl said.|
Most of the families stuck together at the Playshop, although some of the kids hung out with their friends while their parents sat nearby, chatting in groups.
Most people sat at cafeteria tables near a long table piled with cookies, cupcakes, fruit and soda.
They had also brought jokes, which were meant to give the families something to talk about and a way to break the ice. Ertl said he was hoping the families would take the time to share funny stories about themselves.
''I like the food, the planes. I like everything,'' said Caroline Mazyk, 7, as she ate the filling of an Oreo cookie.
Her brother, Edward, 10, agreed that the food was the best part. Hanging out with his parents and friends was fun, too.
He didn't like one of the activities, though.
''I didn't like the hopscotch. It wasn't fun,'' he said.
Neeta Chatrath's children didn't agree with Edward. Sunana, 10, and Neha, 8, giggled as they threw the beanbag and hopped down the squares in Bosnian Hopscotch.
''I'm just happy the kids are playing and jumping,'' Chatrath said. ''It's a good thing.''
Chatrath said that she was also glad to have a chance to meet some of the other parents.
''We're rotating as a group, so we're getting to know each other,'' said Janet Shill, the PTA president. She and her daughter, Sutton, 9, were helping to build a structure out of sticks and clay.
''I'm glad to see such a turnout,'' Shill said.
For more information, you can check out the Playshop website at www.Playshops.com.
Published: October 14, 1999