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Girl Scouts host dance for fathers and daughters

Kaitlyn Tinker, 7, and dad, Steve Tinker, share a tender moment during the annual Girls Scouts Father/Daughter Dance.

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Kaitlyn Tinker, 7, and dad, Steve Tinker, share a tender moment during the annual Girls Scouts Father/Daughter Dance.

More than 450 people turned out for the annual Girl Scouts Father/Daughter Dance held Feb. 6 at Smith Life Events Center.

Adult advisor Michelle Gruetzmacher was pleased with how well it went. She gave high marks to Rachel Keeble, 15, and Miranda Sands, 16, two members of Troop 376 who organized the event.

“It went really well,” said Gruetzmacher. “Troop 376 has put this on for four years. They plan the food and door prizes, ticket costs -- everything.”

Gruetzmacher said that while troops tend to dwindle in membership as the members get older, Rachel and Miranda had stayed involved with the dance with help from adult advisors and leaders in other troops. Rachel has been a Girl Scout nine years, and Miranda has been a Girl Scout for three years. “They are taking a cruise in May with money they earned,” Gruetzmacher said.

Gruetzmacher said organizing the dance taught Rachel and Miranda a lot of life skills. “Definitely it shows how much planning and organization it takes and patience with all the last minute stuff that comes up,” she said.

Samuel Cheek of Maryville went to the dance with his daughters Rachel, 9, and Samantha, 6. “It was a good time. They were expecting something a little different but overall they had fun,” he said. “I think it was great, and I think it’s very important because girls grow up to marry their dads, so the dads have to set a good example with their daughters and do things with them so they feel special.”

Cheek said the father is the primary male role model for the daughter. “He has to set a good example,” Cheek said.

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