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Niskayuna kids deal and dance at school events

Niskayuna kids deal and dance at school events

NISKAYUNA — The game show was on at Rosendale Elementary School last weekend.

"The concept is very simple," said school Principal Joe DiCaprio. "Family, fun and games, together. There's nothing digital. There are no screens."

While kids and parents dealt cards, jumped checkers and played other games at Rosendale's Family Game Night, students at Van Antwerp Middle School made different moves: Bunches of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders bounced and bopped during a dance in the school gymnasium.

At Rosendale, game players filled four rows of tables in the cafeteria. "There's Harry Potter, Monopoly, Sorry, Clue," DiCaprio said. "There are a lot of classics."

Parents were glad to participate in the Friday night festival.

"It's really nice for the kids to have something to do, particularly in the middle of winter," said Kelly Moore, as she watched daughter Saoirse Pogue, 6, a first-grader, concentrate on her "Baby Sharks" game.

Kids also appreciated the chance to snack on popcorn, cookies and cupcakes.

"Families get together and we can play with our friends," said Brynn Grimason, 8, a third-grader.

The Friday night dance at Van Antwerp gave older students the chance to meet, move and run at top speed in the dark gym.

The "winter social" also included gumdrop sculptures, a scavenger hunt and photo booth for selfies. And — important at gatherings for students in any grades — cupcakes and cookies for extra energy.

"It allows them to get out an mingle, socialize and have some fun at the end of the week," said Kim Thurn, co-president of the Van Antwerp Parent-Teacher Organization.

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