Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Glo Bingo- A School Event

Glo Bingo Night
Every year, the 5th grade students put on a Bingo Night at our elementary school. The students are responsible for promoting, working, and cleaning up. The 5th grade parents organize it all. I have been wanting to have a Glo Party for some time and thought this would be a great time to do it. Thankfully, the other awesome parents that helped with this event were on board and Glo Bingo was created!

The most important prop for a glo party is a black light, and in our case we needed multiple black lights to make sure the whole cafeteria glowed. Thankfully, between a few parents, we had about a dozen black lights that we scattered around the perimeter of the gym propped up on ladders. We also bought a couple of these high powered black lights from Amazon and they were perfect for a large area.

Since the school already had white laminated bingo cards, we figured that we could use highlighters to mark the cards since they glow under black lights. We placed a small pack of baby wipes on each table and these were used to wipe the boards clean once a bingo game was completed.

On the bingo flyer we asked everyone to bring a highlighter, but we also had about a 100 to give out in case people forgot. Which they did. And as another back up plan, we had bingo chips ready to hand out.

As with any school event, there is a lot of work that goes into making it a success. Parents and teachers all helped in coordinating volunteers, finding prizes, setting up, and working the event. I had the fun job of decorating the cafeteria, making centerpieces, and putting the Glo Shop together.

We asked everyone to wear neon or white so they would glow.
We hung up black craft paper on the sides of the stage and simply decorated with neon and black light reactive decor. Tip: not everything that is neon will glow under a black light. You can purchase a mini black light flashlight and bring it with you shopping to check if the neon item glows. I got my black light flashlight from Amazon for $9. We also used the flash light to check Bingo cards since we had one light left on the stage for our bingo caller to be able to see.

A parent already had the fun neon lanterns and fans in her party stash. I bought this awesome neon reflective tape from Amazon to decorate the walls and floor. I found neon paper in pre- cut shapes to stick on the walls that glowed. The only disappointment was the neon paint. The bottles glowed like crazy under the black light but the paint barely showed up on the black paper under the black light.

I wanted to have a fun photo spot for the kids to take pictures and one creative mom went to work and helped create this awesome back drop. This was all done with the neon reflective tape.

My girls and I made the hanging decor. I put them to work making paper chains out of neon paper and used crepe paper that I mixed in and tied to hula hoops.

Glo Bingo 2020

My biggest concern with this event was that the tables wouldn't be bright enough for people to see. Thankfully they were and every thing turned out great!

I picked up neon poster board from Dollar Tree and cut each sheet into fours to make a neon place mat. On top of some mats were these super cool, battery operated fiber optic centerpieces. These were only $4.99 from Save On Crafts.

Other tables sported balloon centerpieces. I used tall cylinder vases wrapped in the neon reactive tape and filled them with glow sticks. I also used neon balloons from Dollar Tree and a LED light balloon for each centerpiece. This provided more than enough light for each table. Plus, each person who bought a bingo card also received a glow bracelet. And many people purchased more glow items from the Glo Shop.

You can't have Glo Bingo without a Glo Shop! We had an array of super cute glow necklaces, neon glow glasses, bracelets, hats, fiber optic hair clips, jelly rings, and finger flashers all for sale. The kids and parent volunteers worked the shop and sold a ton. The whole place was glowing!

I would have to say Glo Bingo was a huge success! We had pizza donated by our local Marcos Pizza! Snacks, beverages and candy were also available for purchase and we had over a dozen bingo winners leave with great prizes donated by parents.

A big thank you to the 5th grade students, amazing parent volunteers, 5th grade teachers, PTA, the principal, and all the school families that came out to support these kids!!!

What are your most favorite school events? 

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