It was a day of hundreds, so it was fitting that nearly 100 students and their parents and families came out to Jackson Elementary School on Jan. 27 for Family Math Night.

Held to celebrate the 100th day of school, Jackson Elementary Family Math Night was an opportunity for parents and families to learn how to help their children master the new Common Core standards in mathematics. Students painted, popped balloons and competed in timed math challenges.

Keeping with Jackson Elementary School’s commitment to community, several community leaders talked about how they use math in their careers. Guest speakers included Oneida Jarrell, a retired accountant with the state; Roderick Jarrell, supervisor with the Louisiana Relay Service; and Tammy Garig, of the Wilson Police Department.

“Our families, students and teachers have truly risen to the occasion as we transition to new, more challenging standards in math,” JES Principal Megan Phillips said. “We are excited to continue to partner with parents to develop students who enjoy math and use it in their daily lives to solve problems and make their community a better place.”