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Overnight LAN is over, this is my feedback from it

Finally, that word has so many meanings after a weekend like this.

After a couple of weeks intense planning between Mr Brunelle and me (Daniel Elvnäs) on how to build up the network, the plan was laid out and invitations was sent out to the students.

The response was more massive than I expected, it was over 70 students that had signed up to be on this event and we had some parents signing up as well. It later showed that some students had signed up as parents, not students. So when the event started, we had over 75 students and less parents.

It was a mixed audience that came to the event:
– we had the PC players, bringing the laptop or stationary computer, with monitor, keyboard and mouse
– we had the console players, bringing xbox and playstation, some remembered to bring a screen or monitor with them, other Mr Brunelle managed to scramble for the players
– we had the mobile devices players, bringing their ipad, iphone, android or Nintendo Switch with them

The event started at 18:00, the students was signing in at the entrance and walked to the assigned classroom

Mr Brunelle and Mr Forrestel opened classroom after classroom to put the students in to be able to play, expectations was high in every classroom, the volume in the classroom was sometimes high.
Everyone started to connect to the Wifi created for the event, in one of the classroom we had installed 2 switches for computers that didn’t have any wireless network cards.

Lights was shutdown in most of the classrooms, the volume was lower, the players started to get more focused on the games and upcoming matches.

Now some of us parents atending the event, started to walk around in the school to take a look in each classroom, it was nice to stop and talk to other parents about the school and our children. Getting to know other parents and also the staff in the school was a great experience for me.

Soon I realized that we had missed something when we did the planning, some students didn’t get the opportunity to sit next to there friends, one reason was that they were coming in after 18:00 and most seats was taken. Nothing we could solve at that moment, for some it was solved and others was disappointed.

During the walks in the corridor we had a group of girls walking in pyjamas with there mobile phones, my first thought was that they experienced “A night at the museum” moment, maybe they was looking for something spooky or exciting in the school.

Later in the evening, we had 2 mothers with some students helping them making pizza for all of us in the school. It was a massive work and they did a outsplended work.
Every time I went by them I was given a smile, every student was given the same response and I just enjoyed the moment.
This is one of the reasons why it’s so fun doing the volunteering work with the school, most of the time you get instant feedback and you feel that you make a difference.

Later on the night, the classroom with the most computers, stepping in there was like walking into a wall of heat.
We had to open some windows to start cooling down the room and to get some fresh in to the room.

After many hours in to the night, feets and backs started hurting, the thoughts was processed slower and the speach was more and more slurred.

But I won’t miss a chance like this and ready to do it again

I would like to send a big thanks to:
all parents working at the event
all parents helping the students coming to the school with the equipment
all parents picking up the students in the middle of night or in the morning
all students helping out to create and assist in this event

But most of all, I would like to send a special thanks to:
Mr Brunelle, to take the time to arrange this and stay awake from friday morning until saturday afternoon
Mr Forrestel, to take the time to arrange this and stay awake from friday morning until saturday afternoon
Ms Jinnah, for coming in on Saturday morning and restoring the classrooms


I hope that it will be a Overnight LAN party during spring 2019, because I’m already ready to help with that

Are you ready for a new Overnight LAN party?