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GT Night brings families together to solve clues

School NewsGreg Higgins
Sophia Green and her grandmother worked with Jara Kattes, her mother Kanetta, and two friends to decode clues that gave them three numbers to unlock a lock.

Sophia Green and her grandmother worked with Jara Kattes, her mother Kanetta, and two friends to decode clues that gave them three numbers to unlock a lock.

North Lamar GT students and their families were in search of clues that would help them crack a lock during the district’s Gifted and Talented Family Night. The event, ‘Can You Escape in Time,’ brought together 138 GT families who worked against the clock to solve a series of clues in order to find the key to unlock a lock.

Families were broken up into teams and assigned to ‘escape’ rooms designed by the districts GT teachers: Sonja Carter at Higgins’ Lara Fendley at Everett, Shelly Bivens at Bailey, and Drethia Parsons at Parker. National Honor Society high school students lead teams by assisting in the rooms, directing questions about the clues, and escorting families to various locations.

“We tried something totally different this year and worked with the popular Escape Room concept,” said North Lamar ISD Assistant Superintendent Chandra White. “We had 10 Escape classrooms set up and families worked together to find clues, crack the code, and escape! The door wasn't "really" locked but they had a secured box in the middle of the room with a combination lock to crack. The team had 30 minutes to escape and crack the lock. Each room team was made up of various grade levels and families. Clues were designed at different stages so that all student levels could participate and some tougher questions that required parent assistance. Clues were hidden throughout the classroom so teams had to work together to figure out how to move forward. Once they cracked the code and opened the box, the students had goodies inside.”

Everett third grader Kelsey Jackson thumbs through a dictionary looking for a clue on the page where “patriotism” is found.

Everett third grader Kelsey Jackson thumbs through a dictionary looking for a clue on the page where “patriotism” is found.

After each team completed the escape, they returned to the cafeteria for refreshments prepared by Stormie Scott, door prizes, and brain teasers displayed on the projector. Two door prizes per grade level from first through fifth grade were given out.

“I loved the excitement of watching the students and adults working together,” said White.