LEAD Scholars hosted “A Very Wizarding Family Weekend” luncheon for current students and their families in the Student Union’s Pegasus Ballroom. More than 280 students and family members enjoyed this exciting Harry Potter-themed event. Participants lunched on Wackadoo’s barbeque and enjoyed a ‘How Well Do You Know Your Scholar’ game show and magician.

Karen Felton, a mother of a second-year LEAD Scholar, said, “I thought that the family weekend was awesome ─ better than last year.  There was something for everyone young and old.  To see families from all over come together and celebrate our students’ success was one of life’s most precious moments.  I look forward to every year being better than the year before.  Go Knights!”

Emy Umoh, a second-year LEAD Scholar, said, “Family Weekend was truly a remarkable experience for me. Walking into a Harry Potter themed, made me really feel like a true wizard. I walked away feeling truly magical.”

LEAD Students Association Director Mike Lebowitz said, “Under the direction of Jackie LaLonde, A ‘Very Wizarding Family Weekend’ made for a very memorable family weekend. Jackie organized the event to a ‘T’ with a delicious meal and delicious desserts. The magic show and ‘How Well Do You Know Your Scholar’ sparked conversation throughout the entire 280 people gathered. The event was both a success and a triumph as to how well the LEAD Scholars can show what they are made of.”

Families commemorated their experiences with free pictures at the photo booth during the Sept. 15 event.  Money was also collected at the event to support “Cupcakes for Cancer,” a non-profit group that was created through LEAD Scholars.