Dads and Daughters Take a Spin Around the Dance Floor!

Last weekend, the gym at Bauerwood was transformed into a tropical luau for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance! This year, 280 girls and the men in their lives that serve as fathers (grandparents, uncles, cousins, brothers, friends – anyone!) danced, took selfies, drank fruity umbrella-adorned punch, and had an amazing time!

Last year, committee co-leader, Jean Houghton, talked to other moms about the possibility of bringing the dance to Bauerwood after experiencing it at Bursley before their family moved. It took this dedicated group to plan, organize, decorate, and now, in its second year, it’s the second highest fundraiser for the school! This year, the dance generated about $1000 to school expenses.

There was a DJ spinning the tunes and he also led a limbo contest, and, according to Jean, the dance floor was filled the entire night. “The girls are so excited to be there, they have big smiles, and are happy to be there with their dads.” The girls received a Hawaiian lei when they arrive and a carnation when they leave to cap off their “wow” experience.

This year, the committee was able to provide limited sponsorship to families that needed financial assistance but they plan to increase their capability in this area for next year. “No student should be left out because things are tight at home”. [So if you’re wondering about next year, make sure you talk to your child’s teacher when the time comes around!]

Jean feels that this type of event is important for families because it “shines a spotlight on the girls’ relationship with their father figure. They are encouraged to feel beautiful, they feel important on that day, it gives them confidence, and makes a special moment to share with each other.” She added that it’s encouraging to hear from teachers and other parents how excited their daughters are before and after the dance. “They can’t stop talking about it!”

This is clearly a special treat for our daughters and their dads and we are thankful that parents take this time to make special memories with their kids! [Moms! Be watching for Mother – Son Bowling at your school!]

Thank you to the dance committee: Alyssa Fennema, Candace Bennett, Jean Houghton, Liz Opatic, Sara Reilly, and Missy Brandt!

Parents make all the difference and this event is so much more than a fundraiser! Thank you to all the dads and daughters who brightened the gyms around Jenison with your beautiful smiles and amazing dance moves!

Bursley’s Daddy-Daughter Dance

Bursley Elementary School has a longstanding tradition of supporting student life outside of class and beyond the bindings of textbooks. For many years they have celebrated the special bond between daddy and daughter by hosting a dance sponsored by their parent club.

With a DJ spinning kid-friendly tunes, a photographer on site snapping pictures that will be delivered in frames, and delicious appetizers to snack on, last Friday was a highlight for both students and their guests.

This year’s theme was “Mardi Gras”, so masks and beads were party favors for those in attendance. Previous years have centered around beach or tropical themes, among others.

Guests also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for prizes that included multiple gift cards to Claire and Justice (in the mall), as well as all of the balloon centerpieces that decorated the gymnasium.

Jim Schultz and his daughter Amelia (pictured above) were all smiles as My Girl crooned in the background. When asked what the best part of her evening had been, Amelia cast only a passing glance at her dad before answering, “THE DANCING!”

Her father stood speechless. “You’re supposed to say that the best part is being with your daddy!” Even despite having shopped for a new dress with mom, Amelia stood firm on her answer—and she wasn’t the only one!

Every girl asked said the same thing: dancing was their favorite! This night is truly a highlight of their spring!

Aaron and Chase Kovac (pictured below) were enjoying their second year at the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Although Chase felt like a Jenison princess having her mom do her hair and paint her nails and toes, dad Aaron quipped, “…I got myself ready…”

When asked what makes the night memorable for him, the glow of love for his little girl was obvious. “The best part for me is just seeing how excited Chase is and being able to spend time with her in a different arena.”

Bursley’s Daddy-Daughter Dance is a good reminder that school is more than a collection of events that happen between 9 and 3. 

School is about the whole child. It’s about coming alongside families and helping them see the potential in their students. It’s about developing skills and drawing attention to talents…

…even if those talents lie on the dance floor of a school gymnasium.

Darren Jackson and daughter Zaria look forward to dancing!

Jason and Mackenzie Mooney take a break together.

Another year of wonderful memories...

Have you attended a Daddy-Daughter Dance at some point in your child’s education? What is your favorite memory?