A night of ‘magic’

More than 600 brave weather for sec­ond an­nual Fa­ther Daugh­ter Dance

The Community Connection - - NEWS - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN >> More than 600 fa­thers, daugh­ters, step-fa­thers, broth­ers un­cles and grand­fa­thers packed into the Pottstown Mid­dle School gym­na­sium for the sec­ond an­nual Fa­ther Daugh­ter Dance.

“This is a mag­i­cal night I want every­one to have to­gether,” said School Board Vice Pres­i­dent Katina Bear­den, the event’s founder and chief or­ga­nizer.

Bear­den started the dance last year, with the help of the school board’s Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, when 550 peo­ple turned out.

“It was a big deal since the very first time,” Bear­den said with a laugh.

This year, the event was held Nov. 16, one day after a sur­prise snow­storm froze most of South­east Penn­syl­va­nia in place.

“I was afraid we wouldn’t have a high turn-out, but we had even more than the year be­fore,” Bear­den said.

She got some help from par­ent and staff vol­un­teers, a few from Franklin Ele­men­tary PTA and even a few alumni with whom she had gone to school.

“We also had some helpers from the mid­dle school, in­clud­ing my daugh­ter. She just loves to see the lit­tle girls come in with their dresses.”

“I love to see those fa­thers, un­cles, broth­ers, step-fa­thers out there on the dance floor with those girls. They did the limbo and I laughed so hard my face hurt,” she said

De­signed for chil­dren in grades K-4, they ar­rive un­der a bal­loon arch put to­gether by par­ent Melissa Ca­ballero on a red car­pet, have their pho­tos taken and some­times, like last year, they even get tiaras to wear.

“I over­heard one lit­tle girl say this was the best night of her life,” said Bear­den.

“It also gets the par­ent into the school and in­tro­duces them and their child to the school build­ing they will be com­ing to, it makes it seem less scary,” she said.

“And it gets the par­ent into the school for some­thing that is not a par­ent­teacher con­fer­ence or be­cause some­one is in trou­ble, it’s jut a night they will al­ways re­mem­ber and I guar­an­tee you they will keep that photo for the rest of their lives,” Bear­den said.

School board Pres­i­dent Amy Fran­cis, and mem­bers Su­san Lawrence and John Armato were in at­ten­dance, as was Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Ro­driguez.

“I re­ally en­joy go­ing,” said Ro­driguez. “When my daugh­ters were younger, I didn’t want to go, and I said ‘I don’t dance,’ but I went and oh my God I had so much fun.”

So when a sim­i­lar event got started in Pottstown, he was all in. “I am su­per proud of the com­mit­tee and what they’ve ac­com­plished. It was some­thing to see,” said Ro­driguez.

There is also a Mother Son Dance, which last year drew about 425 to the school. This year’s Mother Son Dance is sched­uled for April 12.

JOHN ARMATO — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

It was hard to find room to dance, with more than 600 dads and daugh­ters com­ing out for the Fa­ther Daugh­ter Dance at Pottstown Mid­dle School.

EMILY OVERDORF — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Dads and daugh­ters hit the dance floor dur­ing the Fa­ther Daugh­ter Dance held at Pottstown Mid­dle School.

EMILY OVERDORF — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Fa­thers and daugh­ters danced the night away dur­ing the Fa­ther Daugh­ter Dance at Pottstown Mid­dle School.

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