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Wayne Post
  • Valentine's Ball held at Lincoln School

  • Nearly 240 Pre-K through second grade girls and boys — many of them decked out in fancy, semi-formal attire — and their Moms, Dads, siblings, both younger and older, and other extended family members attended the first annual Lincoln School Valentine’s Ball on a wintry night Feb. 9.

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  • Nearly 240 Pre-K through second grade girls and boys — many of them decked out in fancy, semi-formal attire — and their Moms, Dads, siblings, both younger and older, and other extended family members attended the first annual Lincoln School Valentine’s Ball on a wintry night Feb. 9.
    The lovely and well-planned, two-hour gala, that ran from 5 to 7 p.m., was centered around the beautifully-decorated gymnasium and featured great music for dancing and colorful lighting effects by DJ Corey Comer, the father of a second grade pupil at Lincoln.                         
    When families arrived, each child was given a paper Valentine’s Day crown to color at the tables in the gymnasium that they could wear at the event.
    Valentine-related arts and craft-making stations for the whole family to participate in when they weren’t in the gymnasium dancing, were available in the music and art rooms.
    “Valentine messages put on links of a heart chain at one of the stations in the second floor hallway continued beyond the Valentine’s Ball to include all the students at Lincoln School,’’ explained Pre-K teacher Stephanie Joyce and a member of the PTA subcommittee that organized the event.
    At the same station, anyone who wanted to could try to guess how many Valentine chocolate kisses were in a jar. The four people who came the closest to the correct number each won a jar of jelly beans. Sonya Mateo, a PTA member and mother of a Kindergarten pupil at Lincoln, donated the jars of jelly beans.
    The event also included refreshments also called the “Sweetheart Dinner” that featured, pizza, juice, milk or water and delightfully-decorated Valentine cookies made at the Apple Shed in Fairville and donated by Lincoln School moms Becky Haltiner, Lincoln PTA co-president and her sister-in-law Jessica Wells, also a Lincoln School PTA member and Lincoln School mom.
    All of the refreshments were free for everyone to enjoy.
    And there was even a family photo station run by Joyce, compliments of her husband Karl Joyce who owns New Dimensions Photography in Newark. Everyone who had photos taken will receive a free 4X6 photo. They also can be seen at ndimaging.com.
    At the end of the evening, when everyone left, children were given artificial red roses to commemorate the event along with little bags of heart-shaped candy, also donated by Mateo.
    The cost of the entire event, minus the donations of milk, Valentine cookies and the photos taken by Joyce of guests _ was entirely underwritten by the PTA _ there was no cost to anyone attending for anything.
    The milk was donated by the Young family of Willow-O-Crest Farms in Clifton Springs. Walmart donated $25 toward the purchase of bottled water.
    Throughout the evening, lots and lots of people danced and had lots and lots of fun.
    Page 2 of 2 - Three former Lincoln School principals, Superintendent Henry Hann, Chris Mizro and Donna Buck, also attended the event with their spouses.
    Lincoln School PTA member Kelly Jorgensen, who has a first grader at Lincoln and a third grader at Kelley School, came up with the idea for the Valentine’s Ball.
    Jorgensen chaired the subcommittee of the PTA that organized the event. Joyce said members met several times in recent months. Not only did they put in lots of time, but she said they were so dedicated to making the event a great success _ one that they hoped would be worth repeating for many years to come.
    “We’ve heard nothing but positive comments about the Valentine’s Ball,” Joyce said. “I don’t remember having that many people attend an event at the school other than the 100-year celebration last summer. Kelly Joregensen said the kids had a riot. I know we will do this again next year.”
    “This was a tremendous event for Lincoln School students and their families,” Principal Jeff Hamelinck said. “I am again in awe at the dedication of our School Community to create special memories for the students and families of Lincoln School. The support, through donations from the community, the volunteerism of time and resources from our parents, teachers, staff (and their spouses), and students (both past and present) truly made this a memorable evening and makes Lincoln School a "Great Place to Learn and Grow.”

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