Decatur public school booth

The Decatur Public School booth at the Decatur Celebration hosts a trivia game for parents and kids to compete against each other. The booth also provided information about the upcoming school year.

DECATUR — Kids and parents battled it out in trivia at the Decatur Public Schools booth Saturday at Decatur Celebration. The booth provides information for the start of the school year, but also provides a fun atmosphere for kids.

The trivia game showcased some of the technology the school has to offer, said district spokeswoman Maria Robertson.

“(It’s) a way to lure people in to come interact with us,” she said. “We are glad we have visitors come out.”

The game was played with a program called Kahoot. The contestants can play on one of six iPads, which are connected to a TV screen.

“All the schools come in and work one hour shifts so it is a good time for people to come in and meet faculty and staff and teachers,” Robertson said.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School Principal Nate Sheppard and Assistant Principal Beth Poyton worked the booth Saturday afternoon and said visitors enjoyed the game.

“We’ve had kids come through, we’ve had adults come through,” Sheppard said.

A few kids played each other, their parents and other adults, they said. One kid had so much fun he played Friday and Saturday, Poyton said.

The booth is always interactive. In the past, it has been a dunk tank and a putt-putt course. The main goal is to see people and provide information for the coming school year. Parents and kids can also meet people who work at the schools.

“We see a lot of former students come by and it’s neat,” Sheppard said.

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