Returning with the fall tradition of school wide events, the eighth annual Family Fun Day (FFD) took place on Sept. 23. With the High School Student Council (HSSC) and High School Parent Group (HPG) hosting the event, all families, students, friends, and staff members alike were able to bond together through various food and activities. Though the event continued to feature many similar attractions as the previous years, several changes were implemented to further enhance the experiences of those who attended this year.
“Since the atmosphere at SIS is often heavily directed towards academics, entertaining events for a change like Family Fun Day are in great demand,” said Jiyoon Chung, president of HPG. “This year, we modified some aspects of the event while maintaining its spirit to make this FFD the most enjoyable one yet.”
With the increased number of participating clubs, seven new booths were added to the event, contributing to the surge of ticket sales that amounted to a total of 850 attendees. Among these activities were the claw machine game, limbo, and other booths that garnered much attention from the participants. In contrast to last year’s organizational layout of the event, the center of the field was allotted to booths with Korean traditional games such as Jegichagi, Ddakjichigi, and Alkagi. These booths allowed players to not only enjoy the fun games, but also engage in cultural activities, adding a new twist of traditional flavor to the event.
“For this year’s family fun day, we created a Korea Zone, where students and teachers alike could play Korean traditional games,” said Andrew Lee (12), senior council president. “A problem that we noticed about SIS was that most students, although ethnically Korean, did not know much about the culture of the country. To address that issue, we tried to create different games for students to both enjoy and learn through.”
Though the stamp system from last year remained the same this year, in which stamps were earned from booth activities, various changes in the selection of prizes provided dynamic incentives for the participants. The opportunity to win headphones, K-Pop albums, and other items from the raffle also spurred great excitement and anticipation for the drawers. Consequently, despite the prize and raffle tables being relocated from the center of the field to the side, the lines for both counters remained long throughout the whole event. In addition to the prizes, the food sales were another considerable success, in which the new menus of teriyaki chicken and fried rice attracted many hungry participants.
“Compared to last year, the range of choices for both food and games was quite expanded,” said Grace Oh (11), FFD participant. “Not only that, but it was nice to spend time with all the grade levels as a unified student body—even though it was really busy working at numerous shifts, I was happy to see all the kids having fun.”
This year’s FFD marked yet another year of success in bringing the SIS community together, and provided a unique opportunity for participants of all ages to enjoy themselves. Through further diversification of activities and effective organization, it looks like the event truly did allow the whole school to have some “family fun.”