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2018 Daddy Daughter Dance a Hit

Daddy Daughter
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:11

The 14th annual, Daddy Daughter Dance, ‘Make Your Dreams Come True’, hosted by Community Education, was a huge success. “Not only did we see a record breaking number in terms of guests, we raised approximately $25,000 to go towards scholarships allowing the opportunity for youth to participate in activities such as ACT Prep, swimming and driving lessons, STEM classes, middle school sports and more”, says Sue McKeown, Youth Programs Coordinator.


“Aside from the scholarship dollars raised, the smiles and excitement on the girls’ faces, and the parents who thank us, are truly why our staff, volunteers, and system leaders continue to put in so much effort year-to-year.” Bob Lawrence, Community Education Director states. “It’s no small feat taking over Park High School and transforming it the way we do. We’re in the hallways, cafeteria, gym, activity center, main entrance, loading docks and more. That takes a lot of goodwill and buy-in from other activities and groups that usually occupy that space.” Bob notes. “For instance, many folks don’t know staff and volunteers start decorating for the event Friday afternoon and go well into the night, then turn around bright and early Saturday morning to ensure everything is done just right.” states Bob.


Guests of the dance, and youth who attain scholarships, aren’t the only ones who benefit either. All proceeds from the dinner at the dance, served by the schools Nutrition Services, go towards the Angel Fund, a program where full meals are provided to students when they do not have enough funds in their account for a meal.


When asked if there are opportunities for non-traditional famiies to attend, Sue McKeown says, “absolutely! The reason why we hold relationship events, is because the Search Institute, who summarizes key findings to help children succeed, states that when students have positive relationships with the adults in their lives, they are more likely to achieve academic success in schools. While the focus of the dance is ‘Daddy Daughter’ we welcome any trusted adult of the student to attend and help strengthen those bonds.”


Typically in January, Community Education also offers a mother-son relationship event with that same philosophy, though programming is offered all year long for families to connect and engage through arts, science, play and more. To view their current offerings, check out https://sowashco.ce.eleyo.com.