Mothers and students enjoy Starry Night at school

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The AIS PTA decorated the gym for the event with balloons and stars. They also brought in Melton Entertainment, which provided a DJ, lights, speakers and a fog machine.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Intermediate School had a special night for the mothers and students of the school. The night included a dance, dinner and a photo booth. Pictured are Maribeth DeMain and her son Mikhi at the event.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Intermediate School has the WATCH D.O.G.S. program, which gives the fathers and children time to connect. The PTA wanted to give the mothers a night with their children, so they created the Starry Night dance. Pictured are Bryttanie Burton and her son Jose Crespo at the dance.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The AIS PTA organized the "Starry Night" dance for the mothers and students. They provided a dinner donated by Barry Dyngles and a photo booth from Images by Mandy. Pictured are some of the PTA, from left, Patty Ritty, Kelly Waltwmire, Liz Himes and Katie Bushling.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The mother and child dance was the first of its kind for AIS. The event sold out and had 500 people in attendance. The PTA and principal Michael Sauner were excited about the event and would like to see it become an annual program for the school.


Mothers joined their children at Austintown Intermediate School for their mother/student dance on April 6.

The school’s PTA set up the “Starry Night“ dance for the families. The night included a dance in the gymnasium, a catered dinner in the cafeteria, a photo booth and a basket raffle.

“We have the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at the school for the dads, so we wanted to do something for the moms,” said PTA President Patty Ritter.

This was the first time the school had a parent/child dance like this. They sold out with 500 people in attendance. Ritter gave each of the children a glow stick halfway through the event.

In the gym, Melton Entertainment set up DJ equipment including speakers, lights and a fog machine for the dance. The DJ played current pop songs as well as dance songs like “La Macarena.” The students danced with their parents or with groups of their friends.

Families ate and had their pictures taken in the cafeteria. Barry Dyngles donated and catered the dinner with pulled pork, boneless wings and macaroni and cheese. The PTA provided the families with drinks of punch or water. Near the food, Images by Mandy had a photo area where parents and children could take pictures together.

Both Ritter and principal Michael Sauner were excited about the turnout for the event. They both said they were glad to see how happy the families were at the dance. Ritter said their joy was worth all the hard work that went into planning and creating the event.

Though they have not had the event before, both Ritter and Sauner have said they plan this to become an annual event at the school.

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