By: Jessica Peña, Staff Writer
Volunteer State Community College will be hosting a ‘Date Night’ on Feb. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Rochelle Center. Kids can enjoy crafts and a movie while parents enjoy a “kid-free” dinner and movie in the Tiled Dining Room.
When you are a parent, it can be difficult to find time to share with your significant other with parental duties on the mind. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the student body organizations could not have chosen a more fitting event for the February Family Series.
“The event started as a conversation about what kind of family friendly event we could host in the month of February. Of course we did think about Valentine’s Day and how hard it can be to get a babysitter and plan a “date night.” We decided to provide a FREE date night option for them,’ said Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities.
“The goal is to provide an event that allows non-traditional students to participate with their families.” added Sherrell.
Date Night was coordinated through the Office of Student Life & Diversity Initiatives. It is being co-sponsored by some of Vol State’s very own clubs and organizations. Club leaders will discuss the type of activities and crafts that will be available to the children. Movie selections for the evening are still in discussion, but are soon to be revealed as our students and faculty return to campus this week.
Date Night is directed toward students who are parents, but it is free for anyone to attend. Faculty, staff, and couples in general are welcome to come and enjoy this event.
Of course, a good thing for parents to know is the conditions for who will watch over their kids that evening. The clubs who have signed up for it, with assistance from Sherrell and Lori Miller, Secretary of Student Services, will oversee supervision in the Tiled Dining Room.
The dinner menu for kids will consist of pizza, chips and salsa, cookies, water and punch. Manicotti, salad, breadsticks, cheesecake, water and sweet tea will be on the menu for parents and couples attending Date Night. Meals will be served for kids at 6:45 PM, with the adults served at 7 PM.
“That’s actually not a bad idea. I would definitely try and take my girlfriend that night. It’s free, so you can’t beat that,” said Brian Cummings, a Fire Science major here at Vol State.
Be on the lookout for the next issue of The Settler to see which films were selected for the screenings!