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Kids dancing with parents? It's becoming a Valentine tradition at Westmoreeland's Llewellyn Elementary School

RITA A. LEONARD - Sailor Singh, age 8, came to the Llewellyn Small Tall Ball with her uncle, Bradford Singh. First dates can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. What better way to address the issue, for elementary school kids, than going with your own parent to Llewellyn School's "Small-Tall Valentine Ball", in Westmoreland. Now in its sixth year, the February 7th gala offered the young students an opportunity to dress up, snack on Valentine treats, and enjoy music, balloons, and dancing in the gym.

Dance Coordinators Misha Cohen and Jessica Desrocher helped PTA volunteers set up the festive event with pink, white, and gold balloons. A paper "red carpet" led to the entrance. PTA Secretary Tracey Lawrence told THE BEE, "Proceeds from the entry fees and photo ops in the Cafetorium all help to finance overnight trips for our fourth and fifth graders.

"In addition, some of our students also made and sold 'yarn corsages' to help with class projects," she continued. "One of our para-educators – Josh Fancher – acted as DJ in the gym, which was illuminated with flashing colored lights and the balloon entry arch."

Besides admiring their school friends' fancy shoes, ties, and "prom dresses", the elementary school students chased free balloons around the gym's dance floor. Visitors munched on snacks set up in the hall, donated by the PTA and parent volunteers. New Principal Pam Gwynn commented, "There are usually about 300 attendees at the dance. It looks like everyone's pretty excited to be here."


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