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TTE girls have a sweet time with their dads

Danielle von Lembke with her father, Marine Colonel (R), Ron von Lembke near the “Candy Castle,” one of the many Candy Land themed areas of Timber Trail Elementary’s annual father-daughter dance.

By Lisa Crockett

This year’s annual winter father-daughter dance at Timber Trail Elementary was, in a word, sweet.

More than 400 people attended the dance, which featured a “Candy Land” theme. Décor was based on the board game and refreshments were treats worthy of the county fair – licorice, suckers, chocolate, popcorn and other assorted sweets. All that sugar fueled hours of energetic dancing to the musical stylings of Denver’s DJ Daddy.

“I had a lot of fun dancing with my dad and my friends,” said ten-year-old Emily Chance. “It was fun to come with just my dad, without the other members of my family.”

The dance was coordinated by Timber Trail parent Tari Wells, whose daughter Lily is a first grader.

“I knew I wanted to do something sweet and girly when I volunteered to head up the dance,” said Wells. “The Candy Land theme just evolved and I think it has turned out really well. I think there’s something really special about a girl being able to go on a date with her dad.”

The event is primarily for families at the school to enjoy time together and have fun, but also raises money for the TTEA (Timber Trail’s version of a PTA). In addition to dancing and socializing, several door prizes were given at the event, including several items from the
American Girl store.

“It’s nice to see the dads be able to come and get to know each other better at this event – it’s a great way to build community at our school,” said TTE Principal Michelle Radke. “The girls just love to come all dressed up and have fun. Every year, I’m amazed at how great the school looks. It’s just a great time.”



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