Sunset hosts family science and literacy night

Sunset School filled up after hours Thursday as hundreds of students and family members came to the campus for Sunset Family Night – Science & Literacy.

The families came to the campus for a variety of fun and educational events. At opening, Sunset fed each of those who attended a delicious meal of spaghetti thanks to the nutrition service workers at Sodexo.

The fun then went upstairs with two major events – the Scholastic Book Fair in the library and the Science Night hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

At the book fair there were many shrieks of delight as students found books and other goodies to purchase.

But the real draw was the science night.

Filling both gyms in the school, the science night had 16 stations set up where students could get hands-on lessons from volunteers from OMSI and Sunset School.

The stations covered a variety of scientific theories, giving students and their families a chance to learn and have fun. Some included a solar system telescope, rock samples, ocean animals, biology plants microscope, body systems, electrical circuits and magnets.

The highlight of the night was a chemistry demonstration where and OMSI instructor showed the students what happens when certain chemicals are mixed.

At the end of the night, each student who went to all 16 science stations had an opportunity to win prizes.

While not everyone won, all who attended went home winners as the focus on science and literacy works to ensure each student thrives.