More than 1,000 people are expected to pack the halls of Mount Airy High School for the school district’s community night.
According to Mount Airy City Schools spokesperson Carrie Venable, if history proves true, Monday evening’s fourth annual community night will be a hit. The event is hosted by Mount Airy High and will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday night.
The event is an opportunity for the school system to showcase itself for students, parents and members of the community, said Venable. The event will incorporate booths explaining the learning programs at each of the city district’s four schools.
Venable said students will be giving presentations or performing as well. While some of the expected crowd will consist of parents, many people from the community at large take the opportunity to learn how schools have changed throughout the years.
“It’s a very well attended event,” said Venable. “We have been flooded with people.”
Some of the event has even been pushed outdoors, said Venable. The event area will consist of the school’s commons area, the gymnasium and outside near the commons area entrance to the school.
Venable noted one explanation for the event’s attendance could be the free food offered to all who enter the doors of Mount Airy High on Monday evening. The food, in and of itself, is another way to highlight one of the district’s many programs — child nutrition.
In fact, the number of meals served is how Venable estimates the number of people who attend the event. In 2013, more than 400 people were fed at the community night. Last year the number of folks who ate was more than 700.
Since not everybody eats at the event, Venable estimated 2015 attendance to have been more than 1,000 people.
While the event is an opportunity for members of the community to learn about the schools, it is also a fun event. Venable said bounce-houses will provide entertainment for youngsters.
A new facet of the 2016 community night is the incorporation of the schools’ “great business partners.” Many of the businesses who partner with the Mount Airy City Schools will be on hand at the event.
One such business is Dow Chemicals, according to Venable. The relationship stemmed from a partnership with Richard Childress Racing. Thus, the 2016 theme for community night is slime.
As an added opportunity for fun, various members of staff from each of the city’s schools will be “slimed” at the event.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.