GREENVILLE — DeColores Montessori School held its first dance Friday.
The “Glow-In-The-Dark” themed event took place at the Greenville Church of the Brethren. According to school Secretary Liz McMahon, the dance is in recognition of the National School Choice Week, January 22-28. This initiative recognizes 21,392 independently-planned events, Nationwide, according to a press release.
“National School Choice Week provides a unique opportunity for Americans to join together on an issue that impacts all of us: educational opportunity,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “With growth each year, it’s clear that tens of millions of Americans are excited to celebrate the great education options in their communities and stand up for increased choice and access where it doesn’t yet exist.”
“School choice is basically parents choice to choose which school they want for their child,” McMahon said. “We participate in the celebration every year or every other year.”
While seeking ideas, McMahon said she was looking on schoolchoiceweek.com and saw kids dancing while wearing scarves with the National School Choice Week logo. She decided to incorporate that into the dance. In the past, DeColores Montessori had had bowling parties, but decided to give the dance idea a whirl.
“We are so excited,” McMahon said. “Our (Parent Teachers Organization) PTO is the sponsor. It’s a great family event.”
In addition to the students, many parents attended the dance. According to school Principal Nancy Dean, that is not unusual.
“Our parents come to everything,” she said. “They are always so supportive.”
Beth and Gabriel Tamplin have two children who attend the school.
“We love everything that the school does,” Beth said. “They always do a great job. The older children are so supportive of the younger kids here.”
Fourth graders Tatiana, Christina and Joy were very excited about dancing the “Cha Cha Slide”, by recording artist DJ Casper.
“The music is really awesome,” Tatiana said.
Grade-school boys Sam, Robby and Joe also like the “Cha Cha Slide”.
“Everybody can really dance!” Sam said. “Each grade was taught a specific dance but we can all join in with the others.”
According to National School Choice, of the 21,392 events, 16,758 are planned by schools, 2,168 by homeschooling groups, 1,358 by chambers of commerce, and many more by individuals, along with coalitions of policy, advocacy, and education organizations. Each event reflects the community and mission of the individual event planners, focusing on themes like parent information nights, registration fairs, and workforce readiness.
DeColores is a chartered, non-public school for grades K-9 and a certified Ohio Department of Human Services Pre-School and Day Care provider. For more information, visit.www.decoloresgreenville.com.