Hundreds of families took over the field behind Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School to celebrate the annual Jack Jubilee hosted by the school's Parent Teacher Association.

The event had fun for the whole family from food and games to bounce castles and even kisses from a live kangaroo – aptly named Jack.

Vice President Courtney Burlison said the goal of the event is to raise funds to support the school.

Some of the projects supported by the PTA include a luncheon for the teachers, curriculum support, help purchasing non-budgeted items that the staff might need and sponsoring the school's annual Polar Express reading challenge. Students compete to rack up points by reading and can win vouchers for free books during the spring book fair.

"We work in conjunction to support the learning environment," Burlison said. "The Jubilee helps get parents involved in the process. It's a way that our Jack family can come together as a community for a safe night of fun."

The Jack Elementary PTA boasts about 300 members and is aiming to once again pull in 100 percent teacher involvement by the end of the school year.

--Cory McCoy

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