■ Chronicle News Service
In a middle school far, far away…actually not that far (it’s here in Hemet!) Dartmouth Middle School hosted its second annual Escape Night; this year with a Star Wars theme. This event was created by Dartmouth staff last year to provide a fun night for families that challenged participants with a variety of puzzles.
Families were grouped together and sent to various classrooms as they worked together to solve puzzles that would lead them out of the classroom. Around 200 people participated in this year’s Star Wars themed Escape Night and some of the groups dressed up to fit the theme of the night. Team “Yado’s ahoos” were the night’s winners, escaping within 36 minutes!
This fun night not only provided activities for families to work together, but to interact with staff members outside of the school day. In addition, participants were also introduced to Dartmouth’s feeder school’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) class. Hemet High School’s PLTW class provided the medallions that they created for the winners. A student representative from the class also spoke to the families about PLTW and described the process of 3D printing the medallions.
“I think it was pretty incredible to connect our students with specialized courses that they could take at the highschool level,” said Dr. Jennifer Martin, Principal of Dartmouth.
The entire event was a representation of what a wonderful community Hemet is, according to Dr. Martin. The dinner was provided and cooked by Dartmouth staff, the puzzles were created by various departments within the school, Hemet High School students created the medallions, and the stormtroopers were volunteers from the local 501st Legion, which is an all-volunteer organization that dresses up in Stormtrooper gear and visits children who are in the hospital.
“I desire Dartmouth to be more than a place of education for students, but a resource for our families and community. An event, such as the Escape Room, is a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with the staff and our school, but also one another, challenging their minds and creating life-long memories,” said Dr. Martin.
Attendees expressed thanks to the Dartmouth Middle School staff for continuing this fun and challenging event for students and their families!