Girls took center stage at Alcoa Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 10, as the school celebrated girls at the first Father Daughter Dance.
The dance -- while being just for the 3rd and 4th grade girls of the school -- wasn’t just for fathers. The girls were encouraged to ask their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or whoever is a significant male role model in their lives. More than 230 girls and their “dates” filled the elementary school cafeteria for dinner and dancing.
There was also a time set aside to talk about how special these girls are, both in the lives of their at-home families, and the school family.
“The dance was a chance for us to celebrate the ‘elder daughters’ of our Alcoa family,” said Kip Jones, Alcoa Elementary School guidance teacher. “It was a time to celebrate the hard work they have done here at Alcoa Elementary and to celebrate it by them spending time with their fathers, grandfathers or significant male role models.”
Jones chose a “tea cup” theme for the dinner and dance. “We built the theme around the tea cup. At a short presentation, I told the girls how they were like tea cups, very special. They aren’t like Styrofoam cups to be thrown away, or coffee cups that are just regular and bland and like all other coffee cups. They are like tea cups, each one special and different and should be treated that way.”
The men were given necklaces or bracelets with tea cup charms to present to their daughters. American Idol contestant Jackie Midkiff sang “Butterfly Kisses” during the dance. Students from Alcoa High School came and served a dinner of spaghetti, salad and dessert and AES first-grade teacher Hope McDonald provided the music. She chose a special song for the last dance, which was for the girls and their escorts.
Jones says they plan to do a special event with the boys and their moms in the spring that will be a cook-out and maybe fishing or some other activity to partner with it. He said he is hoping the dance will become an annual event.
“The PTO really made it happen,” said Jones. “They stepped in and did all the work and got it all together. They are just great.”
Kelli Stafford is PTO president at Alcoa Elementary School.