Kids, parents dance the night away at third annual Cottonwood PAC event

Crystal O’Bryan photo
Amanda Brown (from left) and her family Hailey, Charlie Jr., Brandon and Charlie Sr. have fun at the photo booth and pose for a silly photo during the Sock Hop at the Cottonwood Elementary gym Nov. 29. The evening was also a night for food and book donations for the Wright food bank and the Wyoming Reads program.

By: 
Mary Stewart and Crystal O’Bryan

The music was loud and the gym was crowded  Nov. 29 at the Cottonwood Elementary School.
Winter is just around the corner but already kids are getting restless having to stay inside with the days getting colder.
Three years ago the Cottonwood PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) came up with an idea for kids and their parents. A good old fashioned Sock Hop.
The Sock Hop is a chance for kids to dance, play and run around, while adults have a chance to visit and catch up. It’s also another chance for the residents of Wright to help others in the community.
For an hour, families gathered in the gym at the elementary school, bringing food and books. The food is part of the school’s annual food drive and will be given to the Wright Community Assistance food bank. The books will go to the Wyoming Reads program so every second grader in the school district can get a new book.
Kids had the opportunity to dance, run, play and enjoy a photo booth during the event. A giant screen was pulled down with video of dance moves flashing across while loud music played on.
PAC parent Janna Reale kept the music playing and encouraged everyone from the kids to the adults to hit the dance floor.
“You all know this song so come on out and dance with us,” Reale said as YMCA started to play.
Although the parents mainly stayed on the sidelines chatting, all the kids were breathless from the excitement and fun.
“My favorite part was dancing and running around with my friends,” fifth-grader Ellie Van Hemert said. “My favorite songs were Havana and Timber.”
PAC parents were excited how well the event was attended and that it went off without any problems.
“They put on an amazing event for the kids on a Thursday night,” parent Amanda Brown said. “It brought families together and the community as well as the teachers. We all had a blast dancing, laughing and enjoying the season.”

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