BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mary Kay McMillin PTO hosted the fourth annual Sweetheart Dance, Friday January 31st. The event has become a favorite at MKM, providing students and their ‘Sweethearts’ with precious memories to look back on and treasure.
DJ Jeanmarie provided entertainment in the form of music and games and two photo booths gave dance-goers the opportunity to dress up, get silly and pose for photos. Seventh grade Girl Scout Troop 40178 managed the popular craft table in the back of the gym. Parents and students were also encouraged to share kind words for one another and the MKM staff by writing ‘Love Notes’ for the 'Spread the Love at Mary Kay' bulletin boards on display in the halls of school.
"The Sweetheart Dance, is not just about fundraising, it also gives us the opportunity to strengthen our community by working alongside other parents, school staff and organizations," said Christin Babic, member of The Sweetheart Dance committee.
The MKM PTO fundraising did not stop at the purchase of tickets for the sold out dance. Halls Garden Center and Florist donated flowers and supplies for boutonnieres and corsages which were assembled by the PTO and sold at the event. Taylor Rental donated coat racks and hangers for the coat room, which was staffed by MKM teachers. Volunteers also sold friendship bracelets for a chance to win a variety of donated prizes; Berkeley Swim Club membership, SDA Soccer
Association session, and $100 from the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department toward a program. Chocolate Works from Millburn was on hand selling delectable treats and donated a prize basket. Volunteers from the local grassroots group ‘Sophie’s Soldiers’ were also on hand fundraising for local third-grader, Sophie Chhowalla, who is fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma.
As the largest fundraising event at MKM, the success of The Sweetheart Dance is the corner stone to many future PTO endeavors, including assemblies, supplies and teacher requests.