The bi-annual Barn Dance brought many families to the Junior School last weekend to participate in one of the Parents’ Auxiliary’s most popular events. Along with some excellent live music, there was an array of food and a silent auction. Of course, the main activity was dancing of all kinds, from square to line.
“Picture, if you will, young children, school-aged kids, parents and grandparents grabbing hands, swinging partners and do-si-doing round the gym, which for the evening has been transformed into a true down-home barn,” describes Susan Ko, the Junior School Liason for the Parents’ Auxiliary. “It was a joy to see!”
It was hard for anyone to resist the foot stompin’ music and professional square-dance caller, so the gym was full of dancers. Outside, there were burgers, chili, caramel apples, cake and hot chocolate, all prepared by volunteers, and the children were able to cool off from their toe tapping by running through the cool evening with glow sticks. In the library, the silent auction gave parents a chance to bid on various donated items.
“There were wonderful donations – restaurant gift certificates, original artwork done by parents, handmade gift cards, sweaters, jewelry,” says attendee and Junior School teacher Kathleen Cook. “I was so impressed that there were so many handmade offerings by our parents.”
Parents were also a huge part of the night’s festivities, as volunteers did everything from decorations and setup to ticket sales and last-minute runs for additional food. The Grade 5 students also helped out with the event, and one student even made name tags for all the guests.
The night was a great success, not only because of a high turnout and a great amount of fun had by all, but also because the event raised $5000 for the SMUS Parents’ Auxiliary, which will go towards purchasing additional items for the school.