Students dressed in semi-formal attire recently joined their moms, dads, siblings and other family members in attending the seventh annual Lincoln School Valentine’s Ball.
The Valentine’s Ball welcomed more than 350 guests to the decorated gymnasium.
Throughout the evening, DJ Corey Comer played “The Cupig Shuffle.” All Lincoln students practiced the song and dance with Mary Lou Bonnell in her music classes. Stephanie Joyce’s pre-kindergarteners and Keara Foley’s second-graders performed the dance on stage at the recent Farewell Friday assembly, and invited everyone to join them. Joyce said the focus of this is “spreading the love at Lincoln School” like in the book “The Cupig Shuffle” by Erin Canty.
Kindness arrows featuring compliments and kind messages written by students and others were posted in the hallways for the Valentine’s Ball.
Each year, the event features refreshments at the Sweetheart Dinner in the cafeteria that include pizza, milk or water, and Valentine cookies, made this year by Lori’s Truffles and Treats in Bloomfield. Wegmans donated water and cheese sticks. All of the refreshments were free.
The family photo station was arranged by Joyce, a member of the PTA subcommittee that planned the ball. Her husband, Karl, and retired photographer Winston Vargas took the photos. The Joyces will donate a free 4-by-6 photo to those who were photographed.
About 52 Lincoln staff and students from Newark High School and Newark Middle School volunteered at the event. Greg Herbst, assistant principal of Lincoln and Perkins schools, served as the volunteer coordinator.
At the end of the night, children received a Valentine’s Day stamper with a wish attached to it.
The cost of the entire event, minus the milk donations from Willow Bend Farm in Clifton Springs, was underwritten by the PTA. There was no cost to anyone attending.
Joyce thanked the village of Newark for arranging to have lights on at the nearby skating rink to provide more illumination for people coming into the school, the Newark Central School District Transportation Department for shuttle bus service to the school from Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and the hospital for providing coat racks and designated parking spaces for overflow parking.
“I want to thank Principal Stephanie Miller, head custodian Bob Mosteiro and his staff for going over and above to help us. We couldn’t do this without them,” Joyce said. “I also want to thank my husband, Karl, for photographing and editing the photos; our PTA officers Kathy Eckert and Kari Hamelinck for creating beautiful invitations and RSVPs; and Kathy Eckert for her expertise in organizing the craft rooms again this year.”
“We were pleased with the results of the raffles we had at our PTA table and hope to have more next year,” Eckert said.
Herbst attended the event for the first time since becoming assistant principal.
“It was so much fun to see so many families enjoying time together at their school,” he said. “The Valentine’s Ball is so much more than a dance. There were craft stations and other activities, and then families get the opportunity to get a beautiful picture taken to commemorate the event. The Valentine’s Ball gives us a chance to connect as a school community.”