SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — It was a night under the stars for Maplewood school students and their fathers on Saturday night.
For the second straight year, the school hosted a daddy-daughter dance.
“We decided to do this because these girls grow up so fast,” said Betty Downing, coordinator. “Everything is normally about mom. So this is a chance for a daughter to be a princess before she goes off to middle school, high school and spend some time with dad, one on one.
The bonding experience is important for the third- and fourth-grade girls.
“I think because as they grow older, girls pull away a little bit more from their parents, trying to find their own independence as women and to know that it’s not just mom, but dad’s there for you too. You’re always going to be his little girl,” said Downing.
She said the dads also show the girls “what they need to strive for — strong men behind them, holding them, showing them that men can be good dads, and they can be strong role models.”
The daddy-daughter dance featured a DJ playing music along with plenty of snacks to eat.
“They have a photo booth so they get to have pictures with dad and then they get to do dorky pictures with dads and dorky pictures with friends and it’s all included with their tickets,” said Downing.
The dance was a big hit with 140 students out of a class of 180 attended.
Elaina Hahn, 8 and a third-grader at Maplewood school was excited about the dance. When asked what she liked best about the daddy-daughter dance she replied. “Just spending time with him.”
Her father, Brian Hahn appreciated the one on one time he could spend with his daughter.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Maplewood to put this together, give the dads and daughters an opportunity to go out and have a good night on the town. It’s a good positive message and is a great chance to spend some time together that isn’t necessarily in a high-pressure situation where you got to spend money, you got to do things and we can come out here and just have a good time together,” said Hahn.
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