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Weather doesn’t stop family fun

By Adam Fenwick
Staff Writer

A grim forecast didn’t stop several hundred people from attending the 2006 edition of Family Day at UNCP April 8.

Kids take a ride in a funny little train car. Balloon sculptures were popular. Two mountain bikes were raffled off. Kids take a ride in a funny little train car. Balloon sculptures were popular. Two mountain bikes were raffled off.

Photo by Joel Beachum
Kids take a ride in a funny little train car. Balloon sculptures were popular. Two mountain bikes were raffled off.

The event, hosted by the Student Activities Board, was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the UC Lawn as well as inside the UC.

The event wasn’t just for UNCP students and their families as UNCP faculty and staff also brought their families to the event. 

Among those present at the event was Dr. Diane Jones, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, who brought her nephew to the event. 

Dr. Jones was impressed with the turnout and said there were a lot of great activities for everyone to enjoy.

“I think we’ve got a lot of great activities,” Dr. Jones said.  “I’m a basketball buff and I brought my nephew and he hasn’t left the Triple Play Action Sports booth.”

Ronnie Locklear, father of Junior Nursing major Kimberly Locklear, came to the event at the request of his daughter and was impressed with the facilities of UNCP.

He also thought that the event itself was good because it got the families involved.

“It’s a real good event to have,” said Locklear.  “It gets the families involved.  It gives them the chance to get together (with the students).”

Man on stilts entertains children with balloon sculptures.

Photo by Joel Beachum
Man on stilts entertains children with

balloon sculptures.

 

Sophomore computer science major Brandon Hurley thought the event was a good way to also get the community involved with the school.

“It’s a good way to get the community involved with the school,” said Hurley.

SGA President elect Marvin “Tubby” Jacobs was also present at the event and said he was happy with the growth of the event as well as the morale boost it seemed to give to students.

“If we continue to grow like this the morale and the spirits of the students will also grow,” said Jacobs.  “It will give students the chance to come over for fun or to volunteer.”

Associate Director of the Office of Student Affairs Robert Cooper was very impressed with the turnout of the event considering the dreary weather conditions predicted for the day.

“Were excited about the turnout considering the weather,” said Cooper.

Some of the events available during Family Day were a Moon Bounce for young children, an airbrush artist, Daytona USA racing simulators and face painting not to mention a raffle to win two mountain bikes.


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Updated: Monday, April 24, 2006
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